"He's certainly playing well enough to do so".
The American has had to reinvent himself in the wake of the 2016 ban on anchor putting, forsaking the style he'd honed all his life and plummeting down the rankings as a result.
"Unfortunately, a lot of people don't spend much time practicing bunker shots", Guzzi said.
Just two strokes off the lead overnight, the 25-year-old former Walker Cup star shot a one-under 71 to finish three strokes behind Australian Dimitrios Papadatos on four-under par.
From making the cut on the mark Woods proceeded to light up Ponte Vedra.
With 107 starts since his last victory, Simpson said to win such a big event was special - particularly after a putting tip from former victor Tim Clark at this event a year ago played a crucial role in the result. And he didn't stop with those he considers to be part of his team.
Despite carding a 73 in the final round, Simpson never had his lead truly threatened, reducing the TPC Sawgrass course and its potential for excitement to merely a curiosity on Mother's Day.
That's no longer the case. Then he tied for 32nd at the Masters and was 16 shots back of champion Patrick Reed.
"He was basically back to square one after spending thousands of hours perfecting a perfectly fine method, " Scott said of Simpson.
"I was proud of him because he didn't lag many putts (on Sunday) and kept being aggressive". Simpson chose to switch a year earlier, though he started to waver.
Instead, he took a drastic measure. "There's no way I would have predicted I would be at this point at the beginning of the year". Both pieces are in his trophy case. There was no shortage of low scores Sunday, but those salvos were fired mostly from the rear of the pack, too distant to unnerve their target. Once he went conventional, he fell to No. 174.
And while the world no. 82 was left to rue two bogeys and a double bogey at the ninth, he was ranked an encouraging fourth for putting.
Simpson, a 2008 graduate of Wake Forest, told reporters last week at The Players that he doesn't know where he'd be without that tip from Clark.
Tommy Fleetwood's 68 and 12 under could and should have been better but for a series of missed putts.
"If he putts like he did this past week", Haas said, "then you have to think he'll be right there". And with danger lurking at every corner on the Pete Dye-designed Stadium Course, that would suggest that the crystal and largest paycheck in golf-just shy of $2 million-doesn't belong to Simpson just yet.
The weakness became a strength. He ended up earning just $40,700. He almost fell out of the top 100 two years ago.
And the real interest on Sunday was in those around him.
"I need to have it for a very very long time", he instructed reporters. "Especially today because I hit it so well, I had it going, but I just didn't close it out".
It has been more than four years since Woods-who has dealt with back injuries in recent years-had a victory on tour and almost a decade since he last won a major.