Webb Simpson cruises to big win at The Players Championship

If there was any disappointment Tiger Woods said it was in getting himself to eight-under through 12 but settling for a seven-under round. Tannen Maury  EPA

And the irony is that it was Simpson who has indeed come back from oblivion, a 32-year-old who was all but lost after the brilliant start to his career, winning the Wyndham for his first title in 2011 and winning the U.S. Open a year later.

Simpson took home $1.98 million for his victory; only the U.S. Open pays more.

CBS Sports was with you the entire way Sunday with live scores, updates, analysis and highlights from all of the action at TPC Sawgrass. Charl Schwartzel, Jimmy Walker and Xander Schauffele shared second. This marked an emotional scene for Simpson, whose father died at the end of past year.

Maybe you are one of those who roll their eyeballs as predictably as Tiger once rolled those balatas whenever the 14-time major champion and his supposed resurrection monopolises the headlines.

However, he was in the thick of things at Sawgrass from the start of the event. Simpson knew this, and he played like it all day. Sweden's Alex Noren was the lone exception, as his 66 matched that of Patrick Cantlay, Chesson Hadley, Dustin Johnson, Matt Kuchar, and Simpson. Simpson tried Graphite Design's Tour AD 125 TX that week before eventually settling on the shaft manufacturer's Tour AD IZ 5 X model at the WGC-Mexico Championship. When Simpson recorded another bogey, at the 10th, eyes flicked towards Woods.

Lee finished tied for 7th at the tournament that is known as the unofficial fifth major.

There was nothing unique about Webb Simpson's final-round 73 on Sunday, but it clearly led to one of the most special wins of his career. Johnson was in third place, nine strokes behind Simpson. Among the seven at 8-under and 11 behind were Woods and Spieth, who shot 65 each and are capable of coming out with that or better yet again.

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However, his momentum stalled after he bogeyed the par-4 14 and then hit a double-bogey at the par-3 17th, although he maintained he did not mishit either shot.

Brooks Koepka caught everyone's attention early, tying the course record with a nine-under 63 to get to 11 under for the event.

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He finished at 11 under and was in a tie for 11th when he finished, well behind the leaders but well ahead of where he thought he'd be in his latest comeback.

But despite losing yards off the tee, it's not surprising Simpson won for the first time in five years. The drop also cost him approximately $600,000 in prize money, as the three players who tied for second each received $821,333, while Woods got $225,500.

The Trinity Forest course was designed in part by two-time Masters champion Ben Crenshaw, and there are no trees on the circuit despite its name.

"One of my goals is to get into Akron, one last time, before we leave there", he said of the tournament he has won eight times at Firestone Country Club.

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