Casey triumphs as Woods misses out

Tiger Woods is just short of first win since 2013

Tiger Woods is just short of first win since 2013

Casey needed just 21 putts while Woods struggled to get his iron approach shots close and his putter was largely cold, except for a curling 45-foot birdie putt on the 17th which raised hopes of a playoff before he left his birdie putt short on the last.

Still, finishing joint second with Patrick Reed at nine-under 275 at the Copperhead course at Innisbrook Resort will further fuel belief that the 14-times major champion is back in business.

Woods and his massive following went dormant after an opening birdie to briefly share the lead.

The insanity began ramping up when Woods at the last minute added the tournament at LaCava's urging.

He had been a factor on the final day in his previous two tournaments and a gallery in Florida that stood 10-deep around just about every green could sense a victory was possible.

"It felt quite comfortable.I didn't feel that sharp with my iron game". I remember it and on top of that my game is sharp.

Woods, seeking his 80th win on the PGA Tour and his first since 2013, left himself a long second shot into the 18th green, and could only cajole a tricky 11-metre putt within about a foot of the hole, and tapped in for the par. To be fair, he's won plenty of tournaments since the 2009 Shell Houston Open, his only other PGA TOUR title.

Well, at least he doesn't have to wake up Monday morning as the most hated man in America - if the leaderboard had held true to Saturday, if he'd beaten Woods by one stroke.

Woods hasn't won since his seven-shot victory in the Bridgestone Invitational in August 2013. "I've got a little bit better since the last time I played a couple of weeks ago".

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He saved his best putt of the tournament for hole No. 17 on Sunday. "A couple putts here and there, it could have been a different story". This will be the fifth time Snedeker has played with Woods this year.

Reed will look back on one putt.

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 incredible week. people, atmosphere, adrenaline, back nine on Sunday, man I've missed this", Woods later tweeted.

Casey, who finished at 10-under 274, goes up to No. 12 in the world with what he called one of the most rewarding of his 16 victories worldwide.

This guy is really 42 years old with four back surgeries??

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

He said that during his worst times he often thought about life before his back injury.

"Since being 3-over through 8 in my first round, I've played some off my best golf, " Wallace said.

It was considerably less so on Sunday as Conners bogeyed two of his first three holes and never truly settled in. To be specific, in that span, he won five times on the European Tour.

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