Super Simpson goes seven clear

13 May 2018 02:29:28 EST

Webb Simpson expects to come under pressure in the final round of the Players Championship despite holding a seven shot lead.

The 32-year-old, who is seeking his first PGA Tour win since 2013, started the day five clear of the chasing pack and actually lead by nine at one point when he holed out of the bunker at the 11th for an eagle.

A couple of dropped shots on the back nine trimmed his advantage as he eventualy signed for a four-under 68 to move on to 19-under for the 'fifth major', equalling the 54-hole scoring record for the tournament.

No competitor has lost the Players Championship after holding at least a three shot lead after two rounds and Simpson is now 1/250 to seal his victory on Sunday.

Despite the massive gap between himself and Danny Lee in second, the 2012 US Open champion says there is no chance of him easing off during the final round as he aims to keep the door firmly shut on his rivals.

"No matter where I am at in the tournament I hate dropping shots at the last, so this was a bonus - to finish the day with a great save does give me a little bit of momentum going into Sunday," said Simpson.

"The game plan will be the same. I haven't looked at the leaderboard, but I am sure it is nice. Guys will come out firing tomorrow. I have to keep doing what I am doing."

Lee's round of 70 keeps him in contention at 12-under, while world No.1 Dustin Johnson is a further two shots back after carding a 69, and is now 18/1 to win the Players.

England's Ian Poulter nearly joined Johnson on the same mark before a double bogey at the 18th dropped him back down the leaderboard.

He is joined by Jordan Spieth and Tigers Woods on eight-under, the former world No.1s blitzing Sawgrass early on as they carded rounds of 65.

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