Tiger Woods Climbs Leaderboard With a 65 at the Players Championship

Tiger Woods Climbs Leaderboard With a 65 at the Players Championship

Tiger Woods of the United States reacts after caddie Joe LaCava (not pictured) slipped and fell on the 18th green during the second round of THE PLAYERS Championship on the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass on Saturday in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

And the 32-year-old Simpson has history on his side: No one has ever lost a seven-shot lead in the final round in PGA Tour history.

"I finally got off to a good start in birdieing the first couple of holes and I just kept it rolling from here", he said. "I just didn't quite read them exactly the best a couple times".

"I know there's a lot of pressure coming down the back nine here, but I think these guys, the way they have set up the golf course today, it's set up for these guys to go low".

Cejka held a five-stroke lead after 54 holes but shot a closing 79 to plunge to equal ninth. "I didn't leave myself hardly any of those opportunities today".

Woods struggled mightily off the tee over the first two days and couldn't hit his approaches close enough to the hole to give himself realistic birdie chances, but he hit six of his first seven fairways Saturday and seven of his first eight greens in regulation. A day after making just one putt longer than 6 feet, he missed only one inside 13 feet in the third round.

The 42-year old former long-time World No. 1 quickly lit-up the Florida course with four birdies in his opening five holes and had a huge crowd roaring with delight, and with the cheers being heard as far as the course auto parks. I think that some of the guys will probably shoot better scores than I did out there.

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On a day in which Tiger Woods rolled back the years, Webb Simpson needed only to do likewise but with days. "We're all nervous playing that hole, but an 11-under par round, that green I'm sure looks even smaller". By the time he got to the seventh, with four birdies on his card already, every inch at this course created to host large numbers appeared to have been filled. Simpson was one of six players tied at six-under after Round 1, but he was dominant during Friday's round, shooting a 63 to tie a TPC Sawgrass course record. He is the only player in the field to shoot all three rounds in the 60s.

The duo were among the players at eight under for the tournament, including Dustin Johnson. "... These guys are going to tear this place apart".

"I hit the ball much better during warm-up", Woods said.

Jordan Spieth, another player who barely made the cut, also posted 65 a few groups ahead.

"He's driving it really nicely, " said Mackenzie Hughes, who played with Woods for the first time and shot 68. Dufner is in a tie for fourth at 9 under overall, while Leishman and Cabrera-Bello are tied for 16th at 7 under.

It was Woods' lowest score since the first round of the 2015 Wyndham Championship and his best score relative to par since a 9-under 61 in Round 2 of the 2013 World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational. He spoke about putting together two mid-60s rounds on the weekend and did so with an understated confidence that suggested he believed it was possible. He has four top 10 finishes, but also missed a cut at the Genesis Open and also has finishes where he tied for 23rd and 55th.