Tiger Woods comfortable contending after near-miss at Valspar Championship
By Ali Stafford
Last Updated: 12/03/18 12:23am
Tiger Woods admitted he felt comfortable being in contention again after narrowly missing out on a landmark victory at the Valspar Championship.
The former world No 1 had to settle for a share of second place at the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort, posting a one-under 70 on Sunday to finish one short of winner Paul Casey.
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Woods, playing just his fourth PGA Tour event since his latest back surgery, briefly held a share of the lead after an opening-hole birdie but bogeyed the fourth and struggled to make further inroads.
The 14-time major champion set up a grandstand finish by nailing a 45-foot putt on the penultimate hole, with Woods failing to convert an effort from a similar distance at the last to force a play-off.
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"It was a very good week," the 42-year-old told Sky Sports. "I've got a little bit better since the last time I played a couple of weeks ago.
"It was a very difficult week - tough conditions on a tough golf course, very demanding and I thought I held up really well. It (being in contention) felt very comfortable. I remember it and on top of that my game's sharp, so it was a good day.
"Unfortunately I just didn't hit the ball close enough to make a few putts. I missed a short one [for par] at four and should have birdied 14; those little mistakes over the course of a week will get you and it got me this week."
Woods finished tied-second with Patrick Reed, who held a share of the lead alongside Casey until a costly error at the last saw him fail to get a putt over the ridge in the green and watched it roll back to his feet.
"I felt like I played solid today," Reed said. "I really didn't feel like I did anything wrong on the last when I walked off with a five.
"I made just too many mistakes out there. At the end of the day, being back in contention and having a chance to win a golf tournament is always fun."