Tiger falls agonisingly short as Casey wins Valspar

Tiger falls agonisingly short as Casey wins Valspar

Tiger falls agonisingly short as Casey wins Valspar

The 14-time major victor, who has struggled with a series of injuries since his most recent victory, laid well back off the 18th tee and hit his approach from 185 yards to just inside 40 feet.

Woods finished the day tied for second with fellow American Patrick Reed.

His sharp short game was on full display when he chipped in for birdie from 30 feet away in the greenside rough at the par-four ninth, his ball rolling neatly into the middle of the cup.

Paul Casey teed off 70 minutes before Woods and trailed leader Corey Conners by five shots.

"I felt very comfortable out there today though I didn't feel that sharp with my iron game and I had to play very conservatively into the greens as I wasn't as sharp as I was yesterday", he said. "It was one of those days I kept getting half-clubs".

Searching for his first PGA win since 2013, Woods sunk a 44-foot birdie on the 17th to give himself a shot at catching Casey; but it wasn't enough as he parred the 18th.

Just after their rounds, Woods crossed paths with Casey outside the scorer's tent and congratulated the latter on his first win on the PGA Tour since 2009 and his first anywhere since 2014.

The old-time roar faded, though, and his bid to force eventual victor Paul Casey to extra holes also petered out when his long birdie putt stopped a couple of feet short at the par-four 18th.

He added that while there was a host of players in with a chance of victory on Sunday, he was happy to be in the mix. While the eyes of everyone in the golf world (yours truly included) were glued onto Woods, it was Casey who came in ready to continue a trend that's been happening at Innisbrook for years.

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But sometimes, before this type of game, it is more important to involve totally the players and then to listen. As for his grandfather, another Marcos, he won the European Cup five times with Real Madrid.

"I had a good shot at winning this golf tournament", Woods said.

He saved his best putt of the tournament for hole No. 17 on Sunday. "A couple putts here and there and it could have been a different story".

Ernie Els: "I'm seeing the normal Tiger, the Tiger I've known for 24 years". Sunday is expected to bring the largest crowds, especially for those wanting to watch Woods.

Reed will look back on one putt. Those who criticized his swing or thought all the injuries would never allow him to vie for PGA titles are having to think again, and accept that Woods just may be able to get back to the top again.

England's Rose shot into contention after holing out for eagle from 120 yards at the par-five 11th.

He was ranked No. 462 in the world three months ago when he shot 61 in the second round and won the Joburg Open.

"He can draw from this experience for the rest of the year", said Hadwin, whose 68 on Sunday put him in a tie for 12th and allowed him to leap past Conners for low Canadian honours this week.

Let's even go back to 2015, where Casey forced playoffs at the Northern Trust Open and the Travelers Championship.

"I'm playing very free golf and very relaxed with what's happening on the golf course.".

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