Tiger falls agonisingly short as Casey wins Valspar

Two-and-a-half feet short, to be exact.

Paul Casey won the tournament, carding a 10-under-par 274.

Paul Casey has upstaged Tiger Woods to claim his first US PGA Tour win in nearly nine years with victory at the Valspar Championship. Woods missed a 38-foot birdie on the 72nd hole, and Casey took the trophy from the clubhouse. I said a couple times, "If I don't win this thing, I actually want Tiger to win it". "I've been in this position many times". Missed a short one there on 4 for par. I made that one. I over did it. But then came the injuries to Woods's knees, neck, shoulder and back. He had just 21 putts in his final round, drilling seven birdies and adding a lone bogey on the 3rd. Woods vying for PGA Tour victory No. 80.

And the 42-year-old seems incredibly confident of rolling back the years to win the tournament, despite a host of names being just a few shots off the pace. We'll see him in action again next week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. That is the most birdies for any player in a round this week. "I don't know a lot about him". "So many positives from coming here".

When Woods answered the call of nature at another portable toilet Saturday, The Post's Dave Sheinin relays the information that one fan yelled, "Get it all out, Tiger!"

Woods' second-place finish was his best on the PGA Tour since he tied for second at the Barclays in August of 2013, almost five years ago. Woods also is projected to move to 148th in the Official World Ranking, up from 388.

"It feels good to be up here", Woods, who has not won since 2013, said.

"It felt very comfortable out there".

"My game was quite solid this entire week".

"It's very rewarding to have a good putting Sunday".

He just didn't do enough Sunday. Woods finished T2. Check out his birdie tries on the final two holes below.

He hit wedge into 7 feet below the hole on the par-5 11th, and another roar erupted.

Shubhankar Sharma, who began the final round tied with Wallace, hit out-of-bounds on the 15th hole and made double bogey to end his hopes of winning for the third time this year on the European Tour. He needed 32 putts after hitting 14 of 18 greens.

Huge crowds watch Woods putt out on the fourth green.

But to nitpick his statistics is missing the overall picture.

"We'll cross that bridge when we get there, " Woods said. "But, hopefully, I can play my game and have a good day". He's got the right energy. "I absolutely killed it and the ball rolled back down to where it was".

For much of the week, it was like old times for Woods, the victor of 14 major championships. He ended up with a par on the hole, giving Casey the victory. Woods will play in the second-to-last group Sunday.

"I was walking down the sixth and looked over to the fourth green", Rose said.

Vanessa Coleman

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