Published: Mon, March 12, 2018

Can Tiger Woods win the Valspar?

Can Tiger Woods win the Valspar?

That left him with 39 feet for his birdie putt, one Casey said he gave Woods a 50-percent chance at holing. But unlike a hole earlier, when Woods jarred one for birdie from a similar range, this birdie try came up short. "That was awesome", Casey said.

Naturally Woods is getting all the attention as the oft-injured star is chasing his first tournament win in five years. I hit some good shots. The Englishman finished at 10 under, while Woods and fellow American Patrick Reed ended at 9 under.

Tiger Woods finished one shot short of victory in a dramatic end to the Valspar Championship, as Paul Casey came charging through the field to claim his first PGA Tour title in nine years.

"The environment was incredible", Woods said of the boisterous gallery that followed him.

"Normally it's the other way around". That's something special. Just really cool. "I've got a shot at this thing". I know that was a long putt but I was trying to leave it below the hole.

"Obviously grew up watching Tiger and kind of idolized Tiger, and seeing that today was really cool".

"I'm glad it's this way".

Woods has never been so close to winning since his last victory in the Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone in 2013.

Important note: We're looking for winners of official PGA Tour events only. "I played very conservatively into the greens because I wasn't as sharp as I was [Saturday] and just tried to hopefully get a couple good numbers and fire at a few flags". We as a group got fooled a lot today [by the wind].

But his performance on Thursday told a somewhat different story after starting from the 10th with 10 straight pars before failing to get up and down from a greenside bunker on the second. He pulled a wedge into the left rough on No. 11 and three-putted from 80 feet on No. 14. He missed a couple of putts in the 15-foot range.

He led the field in proximity to the hole at 29 feet, 3 inches, and was second in driving distance at 318.9 yards. He thought he flushed it. He twirled his club when the ball was in the air.

Reed chose to chip it the second time and he putted in for bogey.

"I just needed to handle the par-5s a little better". It was going to come down to the final hole at Innisbrook's Copperhead Course, with Woods in the middle of it all. "I felt good about my round and tried to keep that going". My game was quite solid this entire week.

Three shots off the lead is Woods, whose action-packed 70 featured a vintage - and highly risky - escape from trouble on the 16th. He will tee off at 2pm EST with Justin Rose, who sits a shot back at -8.

A final-round 72 left Rose three off the pace alongside Rory Sabbatini, as overnight leader Conners closed with a six-over 77.

That left Casey the victor, finally.

Woods has to wait at least another week, with the next stop at a golf course Arnold Palmer built and Woods used to own.

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