Webb Simpson leads by seven at The Players

Webb Simpson leaves rivals trailing in his wake as he puts one hand on Players Championship. 

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Sun, 13 May 2018

Webb Simpson carded a third-round 68 to move seven strokes clear at the Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass, on a day when Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth posted the lowest rounds of the day. 

Simpson, 32, progressed to 19-under par and sits seven ahead of New Zealand's Danny Lee, with world number one Dustin Johnson back in third on 10-under. 


The 2012 US Open champion went out in 34 shots with three birdies and a bogey, before doing the same on the back nine with the highlights being a holed bunker shot for eagle at the par-5 11th and sublime 9-iron to three-feet for birdie at the island green par-3 17th. 

Lee posted a 70 to take solo second on 12-under, while Johnson hit a 69 to move up to third. 

Jason Day sits in a five-way tie for fourth on 9-under, while Woods and Spieth moved to 8-under following best-of-the-day rounds of 7-under 65.

Woods got off to a blistering hot start on Saturday, playing the first 12 holes in 8-under, but he bogeyed the 14th and parred into the clubhouse.

"Eventually I was going to put all the pieces together," said Woods. "Today, for the most part, I did that."