Paul Casey: Victorious at Valspar Championship

Woods is playing some of his best golf on the PGA Tour in some time. To be fair, he's won plenty of tournaments since the 2009 Shell Houston Open, his only other PGA TOUR title.

Paul Casey took his first PGA Tour win since 2011.

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

Yet even the guy with 14 majors and 79 tour victories can't wait to get going.

"I was walking down the sixth and looked over to the fourth green", Rose said. "I managed to beat Tiger and I have not managed to say that probably ever in my career, so it's been a really satisfying week".

That is over now, as Casey held off Patrick Reed and, yes, Tiger Woods to win the Valspar Championship.

Reed holed a 20-footer at the eighth to join the tie at the top, only for Casey to move ahead by holing a monster putt from off the 13th green and making a string of pars along the closing stretch. I played very conservatively into the greens because I just wasn't as sharp as I was yesterday.

The birdie brought Woods within one shot of the eventual victor, Paul Casey, but Woods could not replicate the magic at the par-four 18th, where he missed a hard 40-foot birdie putt that would have forced a playoff. 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.

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.

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"I didn't know I had the sole lead", Woods said. I can't explain it.

It (being in contention) felt very comfortable.

You've got 12 minutes to name them all. Cancer sucks. It's just rubbish. "Afterwards just think about it now it's more emotional now".

Tiger Woods could not quite get his iron game going in the final round of the Valspar Championship in Florida.

Asked how he felt being in contention for a first victory in nearly five years, Woods added: "It felt very comfortable". I'm starting to get a better feel for it.

"It was one of those days where I kept getting the half club, and just couldn't quite get the full club".

'Overall I didn't hit the ball well enough and missed a few putts.

Woods hopes to build on this momentum when he journeys next week to a more familiar stomping ground - the Bay Hill resort in Orlando where he has won the tournament formerly hosted by Arnold Palmer eight times.

  • Marjorie Miles