He doesn't have the celebrity cachet of a Jordan Spieth or Rory McIlroy, but his game speaks for itself.
"If I would have had the game I had this weekend at the beginning of the week I would have given Webb a little bit of a run".
Simpson won by four shots, with South African Charl Schwartzel, Jimmy Walker and Xander Schauffele sharing second place at 14-under.
Simpson's seven-stroke lead after 54 holes was more than useful but the 32-year-old is due huge credit for his nerveless approach to Sunday.
Simpson was steady with pars at the first six holes before the Golfing Gods rewarded him with a birdie from 33-feet at the seventh. The notorious par-3 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass got the two-time PLAYERS Champion in the final round, as he hit his tee shot in the water and made double. With a front pin in the bowl, he hit sand wedge and listened to thousands of fans surrounding the green cheer as the ball trickled down the slope to 3 feet for birdie. The 32-year-old from North Carolina said his fifth PGA Tour victory was for Debbie Simpson after his father Sam Simpson died in November.
Simpson handed in a final round of 73 on Sunday, finishing at 270 for the tournament and winning by four strokes.
"I'm trying not to dwell there".
It was tough. I tried to just stay busy this morning, reinforce that it was just one shot at a time - you have a tendency to want to fast forward and get it done. "And that's kind of where I'm at".More news: Catalonia's Carles Puigdemont Opts Out of Presidency
With just 18 holes remaining in the US$11 million (Dh40.3m) tournament at TPC Sawgrass, Simpson was seven clear of New Zealand's Danny Lee, who carded a 70 for 204. He will be in the final group. "I don't know, where is he at?" Simpson three-putted the par-5 2nd for par.
He had three birdies, two bogeys and a double bogey (on the closing hole) on his scorecard for the final round. But they made up only three shots on Simpson and were 11 shots behind.
He finished at 11 under and was in a tie for 11th when he finished, well behind the leaders but well ahead of where he thought he'd be in his latest comeback.
Simpson uses a 44 inch long Odyssey's Tank Cruiser V Line putter, resting the grip of the putter against his forearm in a similar fashion to fellow American, Matt Kuchar. He was disappointed by not making another birdie in his final six holes but had plenty of bounce in his step heading into the final round after signing for a 65, his career best in The Players.
As well, it reversed his slide down the world rankings.
Still, he hasn't played very well at this track over the course of his career and it seemed important for him to jump-start the second half of his season with something on the weekend.
But as easy as this one appeared, there was really nothing simple about it.
Scott won twice in 2016 but is still without a top-10 finish in almost a year due to recent putting struggles. He's more than capable of winning the biggest events in the game - and this week shows that he's not done yet. "I'm on the right path now, and I really just wanted a weekend tee time here", said Spieth.