Tiger Woods came close to a PGA Tour win.
Tiger Woods came close to a PGA Tour win.

‘This is the America I want’: Tiger stunning in PGA near-miss

TIGER Woods turned back time in a vintage fourth round performance at the Valspar Championship.

Finishing one shot behind eventual winner, Paul Casey; Tiger donned his trademark Sunday best outfit of red shirt and black pants; coming up just short at the Florida event.

Woods finished tied second with fellow American Patrick Reed on 9-under, after shooting a one-under 70 in the final round.

Searching for his first PGA win since 2013, Woods sunk a 44-foot birdie on the 17th to give himself a shot at catching Casey; but it wasn't enough as he parred the 18th.

 

Woods ignited the huge gallery with a two-putt birdie at the par-five first, but that turned out to be his only birdie on the front nine.

He made the turn at eight-under, equal third with fellow Americans Patrick Reed and Sam Burns, and Masters champion Sergio Garcia of Spain. Garcia had only one hole left.

Casey, meanwhile, surged to the front at 10-under after 14 holes as an English one-two finish loomed as a possibility.

Casey charged with seven birdies and one bogey in 14 holes, after starting the day five strokes from the lead.

He led compatriot Justin Rose, who picked up one stroke in eight holes to improve to nine-under.

Casey has won 13 times on the European Tour, but just once on the PGA Tour, at the 2009 Houston Open.

World No.5 Rose, meanwhile, has been on fire recently with three wins in his past nine starts worldwide.

Overnight leader Corey Conners, meanwhile, came back to earth as the big boys made their moves.

Conners dropped two shots in the first three holes, before settling down to trail by three shots after nine holes.


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