Simpson takes lead by seven shots at Players
On Saturday, the crowd watched in awe as Webb Simpson swung his golf club to make history at the The Players Championship. The American golfer finished with a four-under 68, putting him on top of the leaderboard by a whopping difference of seven shots. His seven-shot lead position tied the 54-hole score of Greg Norman at TPC, a record that could not be touched in 24 years. The 32-year-old started the day’s game with an eight foot birdie, followed by an eagle by holing a 100 foot bunker. With another birdie on the par-3 17th, Simpson finished his glorious game by holing an 18 foot par on his final hole. While giving statements after the game, Simpson revealed that he was not aware of the records he had broken or tied and it was actually the big charge made by Jordan Spieth and Tiger Woods at the beginning of their games that motivated him to make as many birdies.
Johnson finishes 12th at Players Championship
Dustin Johnson’s performance at the Players Championship Sawgrass shows that he is not ready to give up his world no. 1 position easily. According to reports, Jordan Spieth, John Rahm, Justin Rose and Justin Thomas are some of the players whose performances could pose as a possible threat to Johnson’s 15 month old world ranking. When asked his opinion about the matter, Dustin stated that he was not tensed about the fact and that whatever is to happen completely depends on the performance of each player on the course. He said that he is aware that if he plays well enough, he would be able to defend his rank and even he fails to do so, it would not change anything. Johnson proved his indifference towards these speculations with a bogey-free first round of 66, finishing 12th on the leaderboard. By the end of the match, Dustin’s six under tally was in a six-way tie for the lead, along with Patrick Cantlay, Webb Simpson, Alex Noren, Chesson Hadley and Matt Kuchar.
Rory McIlroy becomes Britain’s richest sports star
Despite having a victory-less year so far, Northern Irish golfer Rory McIlroy topped the list of richest sportspeople in Britain. In the past year, McIlroy has stunningly increased his fortune to £110m from £28m after signing a number of sponsorship contracts such as the 10-year deal to wear clothing by Nike and agreeing to use TaylorMade’s golf equipment for a decade, both of the contracts being of £74m each. The 29-year-old golfer surpassed personalities like Gareth Bale and Sir Andy Murray on the list. The list of 20 wealthiest sports stars in Britain consists of 15 footballers and no women.