Casey savours extra special victory, beating Tiger at Valspar

Casey savours extra special victory, beating Tiger at Valspar

Casey savours extra special victory, beating Tiger at Valspar

Another man who will fancy his chances in The Masters is Tiger Woods.

That he failed to do so Sunday, falling a stroke shy in the final round of the Valspar Championship - which England's Paul Casey won with a 6-under 65 Sunday, and a 72-hole total of 10-under 274 - was ultimately less important than the fact that, by all appearances and evidence, he still can.

Woods' effort in a final day 70 continues to defy the doubters and just adds further bite in his gaol to claim a first victory in almost five years. There will be talk of some great revival at Innisbrook Resort's Copperhead Course and there has been in a competitive sense. His very presence suffocates the rest of the tour even when he doesn't win, just as it did before he ran into his "troubles".

The revival truly started at PGA National, more of a slow burn, the biggest difference this week being his lack of the big number. His only blemish Sunday was a bogey on the third hole.

"I actually thought he (Woods) was going to win today before the round started", world No.17 Casey said.

The 40-year-old has 17 victories on the European Tour, the most recent coming at the KLM Open in September of 2014. I remember it and on top of that my game's sharp and so it was a good day. I hit it with what I thought was good dying pace and it took forever for that green to take it. I've won my share of events. I've been here before. I keep getting just a little bit better and a little bit sharper.

Reed opened his round with a 60-foot eagle putt from the collar of the green at the first. Still, Woods proved Saturday that the new one is capable of creating similar results. I'm sure he was disappointed he didn't get the victory.

Tiger came up just short. Image Getty
Tiger came up just short. Image Getty

"Nine was good", Woods said. "I know they were up 40 percent on Thursday from a year ago". "It wasn't the outcome I wanted, but I'll jot some things down later (Sunday night) and will be able to put it to use in the future".

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.

It can be tough to deal with for tournament employees and fellow competitors.

Woods' putt shows just how interesting he makes the game of golf, and the hype is still there for the legend after all of this time. Woods - wearing his token red shirt and black trousers - used a 6-iron off of the tee to find the green.

Look no farther than the scene Friday, when Woods' caddie Joe LaCava watched fans surround the portable toilet Woods had entered on the 17th tee.

Lights omitting from the tents that surround the 12th green provided a stadium-like feel against the dark sky.

"It's the only time he's congratulated me immediately after a victory", quipped Casey, who won for just the second time in his career.

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