Tiger Woods makes huge claim after thrilling weekend at The Players Championship

Bale Tiger Woods is the greatest of all-time

Bale Tiger Woods is the greatest of all-time

Tesori picked up golf at a young age thanks to the influence of his grandfather, who was a starter at the nearby Ponte Vedra Inn & Club for 30 years.

Webb Simpson isn't aware of the records he has tied or broken at the Players Championship. Like a number of his professional golf colleagues, he got good at the game using a somewhat controversial putting method that nobody ever dreamed would one day be outlawed. He had missed the cut in four of his previous eight appearances at TPC Sawgrass and had gone 107 starts on the PGA Tour since winning Las Vegas toward the end of 2013. What can his body do, what can his new golf game do?

Simpson had an average ranking of 36th in putting his first six years on tour with the belly putter.

I don't think I saw one shot of his on Sunday as he crept up the leaderboard while others faded away.

The last time US golf held such sway? Left it short and hit a good putt. I didn't play particularly well in the first couple of days but I turned it around this weekend and I got it rolling. So it made working hard that much harder. "I thought I was going to have a hard time keeping it up top, and I spun it off the ridge".

Tiger Woods made another big run that revved up the crowd and revived hopes that he was close to winning. "And I'm glad I did".

Tiger Woods' next start is now set for the US Open at Shinnecock Hills next month. Consecutive birdies at the 11 and 12 followed to bring him within four strokes of Simpson, tied for second at 14 under. He, too, has struggled with adapting since the rule change. Tiger had won the Players twice before.

Simpson, who is now $1.98m richer, can eye a Ryder Cup return - he represented the U.S. in 2012 and 2014 - plus the belated fulfilling of promise that was obvious when he prevailed at the US Open six years ago.

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"I had used this putter for 11 years ... to unlearn a skill in the middle of your career was the biggest challenge". It was Clark who helped him open his eyes to a form of the "claw" grip in which his right hand does not grip the putter in the palm. His putting woes also may have returned. "I'm so relieved and I'm so happy at the moment, I can't describe it in words". He was more consistent.

Woods' brilliant 65 on Saturday was a ideal example of where his game is right now. Many in Scotland, of course, will still remember his less than convincing opening tee shot in the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, but there was nothing meek about this display.

Woods started this year ranked 656th in the world.

"It's been bugging me pretty much the whole year", heh said.

It's that randomness - Simpson hadn't won in five years, and at one point had it to 20 under par - that will make Woods' next victory, if it comes, so satisfying. Had tons of conversations with those guys.

Everything came together for Simpson this week. He hit 11 of 14 fairways for the second straight day, was 12 for 18 in greens in regulation, and took 27 putts.

"It means a lot, but it's something I want to have for a long time", Thomas said. "I felt like I had control of it today". Woods chose a long iron off the 72nd tee when surely it was time to go for broke with the driver.

Told that Simpson was 19 under, Lee digested that and responded: "That's an impressive three rounds, I think".

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