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Simpson Runs Away With Golf’s ‘Fifth Major’

Webb Simpson kept his cool on Sunday to win the Players Championship by four shots after a dominant performance at Sawgrass.

The 2012 US Open champion was afforded the luxury of a one-over par final round of 73 thanks to his brilliance over the first three days, when he posted scores of 66, 63 and 68 to set a new 54-hole record for the championship. Simpson had been building up a head of steam through the early months of the year, with four previous top 10s in 2018, but nothing had suggested that the 90/1 pre-tournament shot could outperform his peers in such emphatic fashion.

While Simpson ran away with victory, there were a couple of other performances of note ahead of the next major, June’s US Open Championship at Shinnecock Hills.

Three-time major winner Jason Day, who has won twice on the PGA Tour this year, finished in fifth – causing Betfair to cut his price for the US Open to best price 16/1.

Tiger Woods was unable to hold on for a top 10 finish at Sawgrass, but the former world number one is clearly competitive again and his run of results since returning from his latest bout of surgery suggest he can get in the mix at the majors.

Woods has finished 12th or better on four of his last six starts and he’s a best price of 20/1 with Betfair and Paddy Power to win a fourth US Open title next month.

All odds quoted are subject to change