Thrill is back as Tiger falls just short of victory

Sports | Mar 13, 2018
Tiger Woods fell short of an 80th PGA Tour title but still gave adoring fans a thrill late in the final round at the Valspar Championship in Florida.

With victory seemingly out of his grasp, Woods stroked a 43-foot birdie putt that broke perfectly into the middle of the 17th hole and took him to the last with a chance of a playoff. The roar faded, though, and his bid to force eventual winner Paul Casey to extra holes petered out when his long birdie putt at the 18th stopped a couple of feet short.

Still, finishing joint second with Patrick Reed at nine-under 275 at the Copperhead course at Innisbrook Resort will further fuel belief that the 14-time major champion is back in business.

Building momentum from 12th place at the Honda Classic two weeks ago in his third official tournament since undergoing spinal fusion surgery last April, Woods was treated like a returning hero. Thousands lined the fairway at every hole he played and his galleries dwarfed those for the rest of the field.

"My game was quite solid this entire week. As a whole, I felt very good about what I did," the 42-year-old said.

Woods will next compete at the Bay Hill resort in Orlando, where he has won the tournament formerly hosted by Arnold Palmer eight times.


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