Jimmy Walker, Charl Schwartzel and Xander Schauffele all shot 67 to tie for second. "It's amusing how those things happen, but, you know, this is probably the first time I can say I'm glad they banned it, because I wouldn't have ever probably swayed away from the belly putter".
"I thought about him all day", Simpson said. But Paul [caddie Paul Tesori] and I got in an argument on the golf course, and it was just frustration pent up in both of us.
Poulter finished one behind compatriot Tommy Fleetwood (68), while Justin Rose, who was among the early starters, showed low scoring was possible as he reeled off six birdies in seven holes at the start of the back nine en route to finishing nine under. For the second consecutive day, Woods allowed what could have been a spectacular round to fall short of what it might have been.
Woods has just made a birdie at the ninth, moving to -12 and a tie for third. On Saturday, he shot 30 on the front.
With Simpson a few groups behind him continuing to play conservatively, Tiger maintained his aggressive style and almost made eagle at the par-5 11th before settling for a birdie to get to 13-under and into the top three.
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Six under through his first 13 holes, Woods found himself tied for second on the back nine at 14 under, but he made a sloppy bogey on 14, and then hit his tee shot in the water on the island green par-three 17th, resulting in a double-bogey five. "I hit it so good.to not really mis-hit a shot today and shoot three under par is just weird". Three birdies in four holes mid-round conjured visions of an improbable charge, but a bogey at 14 ended matters for the 14-time major victor, a water ball double-bogey at 17 just the final indignity.
Titleist Tour Rep J.J. VanWezenbeeck, said of his set-up: "The biggest thing for Webb is that he doesn't mind how many headcovers are in his bag". His father was the one who introduced him to the game, and Webb and Sam formed an all-Simpson team in weekend foursomes from the time Webb was 11 until he left home for Wake Forest. His next appearance is likely to be in The Memorial at the end of the month, with the US Open at Shinnecock Hills soon after that.
"This summer is - there are some big events to be played, and one of my goals is to get into Akron, one last time, before we leave there".
Webb Simpson has always been one of the most underrated players on the PGA TOUR. "The way I was just coming back and just trying to get a feel for it and then hopefully have a schedule".
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. "He's certainly playing well enough to do so".
Thomas is the 21st player to hold the top spot since the rankings began in 1986, and at 25 the fourth youngest behind Woods, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy. "I never doubted myself, but at the same time, that's a long time". "Unfortunately, I just didn't cash it in".