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Staked to a seven-shot lead, no one got closer than four shots of Simpson, even after a double bogey on the 18th hole when his only concern was finishing the hole. He closed with a 1-over 73 for a four-shot victory and his biggest win since the 2012 U.S. Open at Olympic Club.
Webb Simpson had a plan and didn’t back off until he holed an 18-foot par on the final hole for a 4-under 68. He stretched his lead to a record seven shots, tied Greg Norman’s 54-hole score at The Players that had not been touched in 24 years and left himself one more round to capture the richest prize in golf.
Webb Simpson was on the verge of shattering the course record at The Players Championship until he hit a sand wedge into the water on the notorious par-3 17th. He settled for a 9-under 63 to tie the course record, giving him a five-shot lead going into the weekend.
Thursday marks the beginning of the Players Championship for 2018, the final time the event will be held in May and a golf tournament that stands out on the schedule. Some have called it the "fifth major," and Sports Talk 1040's own Erik Kuselias suggests that maybe that label just makes Florida's golf crown jewel look a bit minor.