Tiger Woods finished second in the Valspar Championship on Sunday, almost forcing a playoff, leaving the golfer to say on social media, "Man, I've missed this".
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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. He tied for 2nd place in a valiant run Sunday at Valspar Championship at Innisbrook Resort's Copperhead Course in Palm Harbor.
USA Today wrote that the finish could bode well for Woods as he moves on this week to the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Bay Hill, Florida, and the Masters, April 5-8.
The Englishman then held his nerve over the daunting closing holes, known as the Snake Pit, before watching on as Reed faltered spectacularly and Woods came up just short in a thrilling finale.
Patrick Reed was tied for the lead and appeared headed for a playoff at worst until his approach to the 18th came back down the slope, and his 45-foot birdie putt was so weak that it rolled all the way back to his feet. "Do your thing!" yelled another. "As a whole, I felt very good about what I did this week".
"I've not done that in a long time and that's the difference".
"My game was quite solid this entire week". "Getting better. Thank you for all the support".
The old Tiger magic was missing for most of the day as a cold putter hampered the 14-time Major champion in his quest for a chance to record his first victory since 2013.
"To get this one, to get my second one on the PGA tour is emotional".
On his way off the course, Woods stopped to sign autographs, showing a good deal more patience than he had during his heyday."Wow, what an awesome week ... people, atmosphere, adrenaline, back nine on Sunday, man I've missed this", Woods later tweeted. As I was telling you guys yesterday, I had really some nice building blocks at Honda (where he tied for 12th two weeks ago) and I've had a few tweaks for this week and it paid off.
"I've had some great memories there".