What Tiger Woods said after Sunday's T-2 finish at Valspar Championship

What Tiger Woods said after Sunday's T-2 finish at Valspar Championship”

Casey had gone 132 starts on the PGA Tour since winning in Houston, though he had won five times worldwide, including the European Tour's flagship event at the BMW PGA Championship.

The old-time roar faded, though, and his bid to force eventual victor Paul Casey to extra holes also petered out when his long birdie putt stopped a couple of feet short at the par-four 18th.

Reed three-putted the last to give up a share of the lead - his initial effort rolling back down a ridge to his feet - but Woods could not pull off a miracle, missing the target from 39 feet to ensure Casey prevailed.

Woods teed off on 10 and drained six-foot birdie putts at 12 and 13, and rolled in an 11-footer for another birdie at the par-four second hole. This is just his fourth official tournament since undergoing a fourth back surgery, a spinal fusion, that occurred 11 months ago. From 185 yards, his 7-iron came up some 40 feet short, and his birdie putt to force a playoff was 2 feet short.

"I was close, " Woods said after a final-round 70 left him in a tie for second, his best finish since he tied for 10th at the 2015 Wyndham Championship.

The 42-year-old looked assured with his ball striking and short game and chipped in on the ninth hole as he had five birdies and a lone bogey on Saturday on the strategic Copperhead course at Innisbrook Resort.

Tiger Woods put his name atop a leaderboard again, if only briefly, driving fans into a frenzy and positioning himself for a weekend run at Valspar Championship leader Corey Conners. He teamed with Carlos Franco to win last year's Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf.

Yet even the guy with 14 majors and 79 tour victories can't wait to get going. That was his last birdie until he revved up the raucous crowd with his long birdie on the 17th, giving him his best chance to win since his back problems began not long after his most recent victory, the Bridgestone Invitational in August 2013.

NEW DELHI (AP) - Matt Wallace birdied the first playoff hole against fellow Englishman Andrew "Beef" Johnston to win the Hero Indian Open on Sunday. I hit a good dying pace. Conners, a 26-year-old Canadian who got into the field as an alternate, moved to 9 under with a 3-under 68 and will be going for the wire-to-wire victory. He shot 77 and tied for 16th. Sharma still did enough to qualify for the Dell Technologies Match Play in two weeks in Texas, reserved for the top 64 available from the world ranking. Trainer spent three seasons on the PGA Tour Latinoamerica and won the Mazatlan Open in Mexico in 2016.

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