Casey wins at Innisbrook as Woods come up short by a putt

Lynette Rowe
March 12, 2018

Tiger Woods chipped in from behind the ninth green and the roar was unmistakable, the tree-rattling variety that belongs to only one player in golf.

When his tee shot sailed to 44 feet at the 17th hole, Woods was two strokes behind Casey and the outcome seemed just as preordained.

"We've always seen that Tiger commands the larger-sized wagers", Westgate SuperBook manager Jeff Sherman said Sunday morning.

Woods shot a one-under 70 on Sunday, finishing in a tie for second at the Valspar Championship.

Casey made his move up the leaderboard by posting three birdies in a four-hole stretch from the fourth, before back-to-back gains from the 11th moved him alongside Rose.

Oh, and everybody lost their freaking minds.

Woods looked closer than ever to winning in his remarkable return from fusion surgery on his lower back last April. "I was kind of getting a little frustrated, seeing the scores were decent". "I've got a little bit better since the last time I played a couple of weeks ago".

"It's the only time he's congratulated me immediately after a victory", Casey said.

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Woods' 39ft birdie try on 18 came up short, robbing him of his 80th PGA Tour title.

Woods holed a stunning birdie on the 17th but was unable to repeat the feat down the last as he finished nine under.

Woods' shot went over a lake and just below the green.

Reed needed two putts to tie Casey but saw his first putt roll back to his feet before almost holing his second effort.

Asked how he felt being in the mix for a tournament once again, Woods responded: 'It felt very comfortable, I remember it and my game is sharp, it was a good day. "The last couple of years I've been very much at peace with it, having great times on the golf course and bad times on the golf course". I can say that because of my life away from the golf course, my wife and kids.

Paul Casey won the tournament, carding a 10-under-par 274. While he took his first tentative shots with his long irons and woods, Justin Rose, who finished tied for fifth Sunday, was winning back-to-back tournaments in China and Turkey.

Tiger Woods had the crowd roaring, but rookie Corey Conners held his nerve to stay one stroke ahead of the former world number one after three rounds of the Valspar Championship.

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