Some of his play was vintage Tiger.
Only when he had the crystal trophy did he start to crack.
Woods has only one more start - at the Memorial tournament in two weeks - to hone his game before the US Open at Shinnecock Hills and he was upbeat about his game.
I see my bag in the garage, and I see the belly putter, and for whatever reason I had an urge to just break it, Simpson said. Some of the lesser lights are already out on course, but it will be a while until the big names get their quest for glory under way. I never doubted myself.
Armed with a six shot lead on the 18th, Simpson sent his approach shot in to the water on the left hand side of the green.
"I hope he doesn't go home and just hit golf balls".
Lee, Keegan Bradley, Harold Varner III and Tommy Fleetwood of England ended the final round tied for seventh at 12 under. None could do enough to catch Simpson during record scoring at the final Players Championship in May.
"Tim asked me how I've been putting, and I told him pretty inconsistent", Simpson said.
"There's so much noise in front of us with Tiger", said Simpson. "Not to really mishit a shot today and only shoot 3-under par is just weird, because I played much better than that". I didn't play particularly well in the first couple of days but I turned it around this weekend and I got it rolling. A T-11 finish for Justin Thomas was enough to depose Dustin Johnson as World No. 1.
And still, the story seemed to be more about the guy who finished tied for 11th.
Rose's 66 included six consecutive birdies around the turn
"It means a lot, but it's something I want to have for a long time", Thomas said. He had no birdies in last six holes to finish at 65.
Woods was already too far back of eventual victor Webb Simpson to mount a serious title challenge, but losing two shots on No. 17 meant slipping out of a tie for fifth and into 11th.
While Woods was on the fairway at 14, he was in a prime position to birdie the fourteenth with a wedge shot at an attackable pin. His 69 and tie for 11th did not really provide a fair reflection of his efforts from Saturday onwards but Woods still needs to convince that he can win in esteemed company.
"When I missed a birdie chance, I wasn't very disappointed", he said. It's nice to finally shoot a low one. Simpson has had ups and downs in his career and he set out to win this week.
Brooks Koepka tied the course record on Sunday with a 63 that included a double eagle on the 16th hole.
And there 1,754 birdies for the week, breaking by 136 the record from 1996. To win a major championship and few other tour events and then go over four years without a win.
Simpson has spent years in putting torment following the banning of anchored clubs.
"This weekend I hung in there to get it done".
The low point was 2016 at the start of the FedEx Cup playoffs, when he started to get short with his caddie, and they sat in the vehicle in the parking lot at Bethpage Black talking about how to move forward. He won $1.98 million, the second-largest tournament payoff behind only the U.S. Open.
When Simpson replied that he was, Tesori called him out. He wound up tied for 11th at 11 under. "There's no way I would have predicted I would be at this point the beginning of the year". "So it was an interesting week".
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