5 reasons to watch The Players Round 4 despite Simpson's 7-shot lead
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In the history of the PGA Tour, a player has never lost a 54-hole lead of seven or more shots.

Armed with that knowledge, it's a good bet Webb Simpson and his seven-stroke lead after Round 3 is going to win The Players Championship.

Simpson's brilliant display through the opening three days has laid waste to the field, but even with the tournament essentially decided, there's still plenty of reasons to tune in for Sunday's broadcast.

Here are the best five.

Tiger-Spieth fireworks

Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth both made the cut at 1-under and began Saturday a whopping 14 shots behind Simpson, but both also took advantage of prime morning conditions to rip apart TPC Sawgrass with matching 7-under 65s. That's Woods' best score to par on the PGA Tour since 2013, while it represents the lowest score at The Players in Spieth's career. Both will try to repeat Saturday's heroics in the same group at 2:05 p.m, and here's hoping they can feed off one another and provide plenty of highlights down the stretch.

Simpson's run at history

It's always fun to watch history made, right? Simpson's brilliant three rounds may have taken the drama out of the tournament's title race, but the 32-year-old needs a 5-under 67 to match Greg Norman's 72-hole scoring record at the event, or a 6-under total to beat him. The way the veteran American is playing right now, that wouldn't be shocking to see.

Possible course record

Simpson tied the course record at TPC Sawgrass with his 63 on Friday, and for a long stretch Saturday it appeared Woods would make a run at that number as well - the two-time champion was 8-under through 12 holes before slowing up on the way in. Those rounds show low numbers can be achieved, and with quality conditions expected Sunday, it wouldn't be surprising to see another run at a 62, or better.

DJ firing at flags

There's not much better in golf than Dustin Johnson on his A-game with nothing to lose, and that's something the public could see Sunday afternoon. The world's top-ranked player enters the round in third place but is nine shots behind Simpson's lead, which means he will be firing at flags all day and taking dead aim with his driver on most holes. That could lead to a ton of birdies or a ton of bogeys, but either way, it'll be must-see television.

TPC Sawgrass absolutely pops on television

There are few courses as pleasing to the eye on TV as TPC Sawgrass. The Pete Dye layout features water on 17 holes and offers risk-reward scenarios throughout the entire setup. The iconic 17th is always good for some drama, as are all four par-5s that are reachable in two, and the driveable par-4 12th.

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5 reasons to watch The Players Round 4 despite Simpson's 7-shot lead
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