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Woods narrowly misses out on first title in five years

12 March 2018, 06:57 | Violet Powell

Jonas Blixt of Sweden plays a shot during a recent tournament

Jonas Blixt of Sweden plays a shot during a recent tournament

Casey has won 13 times on the European Tour but his sole previous success on the PGA Tour came in the Houston Open in 2009 and he let slip a two-shot lead after 54 holes in the Tour Championship last September.

Reed joined Casey at the top of the leaderboard with a birdie on the 14th but made a mess of the last, his long-range putt failing to get over the ridge in the green and rolling back to his feet.

Woods opened with a two-putt birdie to briefly tie for the lead.

With the 42-year-old making the ideal read and then executing; his ball curled deliciously into the centre of the cup as the gallery went berserk.

"I'm looking forward to it, [and] I'm looking forward to next week", he said.

Woods' 34-foot putt on 18 to force a playoff with Paul Casey came up just short.

Woods closed with a 1-under 70 and tied for second, his highest finish in an official tournament since he tied for second at The Barclays in 2013.

Wood will enter the final round of the US PGA Tour's Vaspar Championship in Florida just one shot behind rookie leader Corey Conners after carding a four-under-par 67 to halve the Canadian's overnight lead.

The former Southern Cal player struggled on the Web.com Tour previous year, making one cut in seven starts.

Someone always played better - until Sunday. The 21-year-old from India shot a 75 to tie for seventh, seven shots behind. Each week has been a little better.

Tiger, can you put into words maybe some of the emotion and adrenaline today for being back with a chance to win on a Sunday and just what was that like for you even though you weren't as sharp? I remember it and on top of that my game's sharp, so it was a good day.

"Unfortunately I haven't played Bay Hill in a couple of years".

"It was one of those days where I kept getting the half club, and just couldn't quite get the full club". He pulled a wedge into the left rough on No. 11 and three-putted from 80 feet on No. 14. We'll see him in action again next week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. He is an eight-time victor at Bay Hill, and the euphoria over his return is sure to reach even higher decibels.

"I've gotten a little bit better than what I was a couple of weeks ago".

Casey rallied from five shots behind.

Woods missed a 38-foot birdie on the 72nd hole, and Casey took the trophy from the clubhouse.

Conners signed for a 68 to sit at nine under but will feel the heat on Sunday with Woods, playing partner Brandt Snedeker (67) and England's Justin Rose (66) all tied second and breathing down his neck.

The Fijian closed with a 5-under 66 for a three-day total of 11-under 202 at Newport Beach Country Club.

This article was written by Doug Ferguson from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

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