Woods looks closer than ever to winning again

The ratings for the Valspar Championship released Monday showed the final round featuring Tiger Woods challenging for the lead drew the largest TV audience for any non-Masters event since the 2015 PGA Championship.

Tiger Woods did not pick up the win on this weekend, but the PGA Tour and the fans should feel like they had a huge victory. He tied for 2nd place in a valiant run Sunday at Valspar Championship at Innisbrook Resort's Copperhead Course in Palm Harbor. Casey, who has played in a group nine twosomes ahead of Woods, could only watch from the clubhouse and Woods finished his round one stroke short. As I was telling you guys yesterday, I had really some nice building blocks at Honda (where he tied for 12th two weeks ago) and I've had a few tweaks for this week and it paid off.

Thousands lined the fairway at every hole Woods played and his galleries dwarfed those for the rest of the field with attendance at a tournament that past year drew 112,000 soaring to more than 150,000 for his first appearance. "As a whole, I felt very good about what I did this week". He went 15 holes without a birdie until he brought Innisbrook to life with a birdie putt from just inside 45 feet that died into the cup at the par-3 17th, leaving him one shot behind with one hole to play. From 185 yards, his approach came up some 40 feet short, and his birdie putt to force a playoff was 2 feet short.

Casey had four birdies and a bogey on his front nine, then seized control with three birdies on the trot at 11, 12 and 13 that moved him to 10-under.

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

"I've not done that in a long time and that's the difference".

No one caught him, giving him his second PGA Tour title and his first since the Houston Open in 2009.

"To get this one, to get my second one on the PGA tour is emotional".

"I hit the ball well, made some putts this week and the thing that I was the most happy about is when I did miss, I missed on the correct side and that's what we have to do out here", Woods added.

  • Rosalie Stanley