Woods upbeat but rues 'little mistakes' after Valspar runner-up finish

Lydia Fleming
March 12, 2018

Casey has won 13 times on the European Tour but his sole previous success on the PGA Tour came in the Houston Open in 2009 and he let slip a two-shot lead after 54 holes in the Tour Championship last September.

Paul Casey won the Valspar Championship, finishing at 10 under.

But in that time, much has changed in Casey's life as he explained.

Woods, who now ranks No. 11 on the PGA Tour in strokes gained (a preposterous number!), will take what appears to be a really solid mid-March game to a place where he has as many victories as Justin Thomas has in his entire career.

"I'm looking forward to it, [and] I'm looking forward to next week", he said.

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"I think I can say that because of my life away from the golf course - my wife and my kids".

It had been an hour and 12 minutes from the time Casey completed his round before Casey was confirmed as the victor and with Casey anxiously glued to TV coverage first of Patrick Reed and then Woods.

The former Southern Cal player struggled on the Web.com Tour past year, making one cut in seven starts.

Woods finished tied-second with Patrick Reed, who held a share of the lead alongside Casey until a costly error at the last saw him fail to get a putt over the ridge in the green and watched it roll back to his feet.

With the 42-year-old making the flawless read and then executing; his ball curled deliciously into the centre of the cup as the gallery went berserk.

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Casey was naturally thrilled but also emotional and after revealing earlier in the week the passing the Saturday before and while he was competing in Mexico of Mary Culcoldruff. I know that was a long putt but I was trying to leave it below the hole. I can't explain it.

"I've played myself right there into contention so it should be a fun Sunday", Woods said. Cancer sucks. It's just rubbish. I actually thought he was going to win today before the round started. When you stood over that ball right there what were you thinking?

Tiger Woods has narrowly missed out on winning his first tournament in five years.

The former world No 1 had to settle for a share of second place at the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort, posting a one-under 70 on Sunday to finish one short of victor Paul Casey.

Speaking to Sky Sports following the Valspar Championship, Woods said: 'It was a very good week, I feel like I improved [from last month's Honda Classic].

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"It was one of those days where I just kept getting the half-club, just one of those days where I couldn't quite get the full-club", Tiger said after the 18th.

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