On Mother’s Day 2018, May 13th, Webb Simpson clinched THE PLAYERS Championship 2018 title. After losing his father last November, during an emotional interview Simpson said, “it’s been a tough few months for my mom, my brothers and sisters. This is a little beacon of light for my mom, to get this done on Mother’s Day.”
Simpson climbed the leader board throughout week and went in to Championship Sunday with a hefty lead, the largest Sunday lead THE PLAYERS Championship has ever seen. Throughout the final round, Simpson had to deal with the roar as Tiger Woods was just four groups ahead of him. This piled on the nerves and the pressure to shut out the noise during his final round.
The new PLAYERS Championship winner had not won a tournament in over four years, so this win meant a whole lot to him. There was never a doubt through Sunday that he wasn’t going to win, since no player in the field could get within four shots of him. Even shooting a double bogey on the 18th hole couldn’t ruin his chances.
Simpson spoke about how difficult it was not to wonder what was going on with the other golfers as he heard cheers throughout TPC Sawgrass. “It was tougher than I thought,” he explained.
Making His Father Proud at THE PLAYERS Championship
In 2012, Simpson won the U.S. Open on Father’s Day, so it seems only appropriate that his next big win came on Mother’s Day. The Simpson family was overcome with emotion due to the passing of his father last November. “I thought about him all day,” he said about his father. “It’s been an emotional week. We miss him like crazy.”
Webb Simpson set many records during this tournament. He tied the course record with a 63 during the second round, he tied Greg Norman’s 54-hole record at 19 under and set a record for the largest lead margin through three rounds.
Brooks Koepka joined the 63 group on Sunday with a double-eagle on the 16th hole. There were 1,754 birdies throughout the tournament breaking the 1996 record by 136.
Simpson walked away from THE PLAYERS Championship with $1.98 million, the second-largest tournament payoff behind the U.S. Open. With Simpson so far in the lead, Xander Schauffele said, “I feel like all of us were just trying to make as many birdies as possible, while he was trying to run away from everyone else.”
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