Everybody was so enamored with Tiger Woods and the boys bunched round him – Patrick Reed, Brandt Snedeker, Justin Rose and rookie Corey Conners that no person bothered trying any farther down the board to start out Sunday on the Valspar Championship.
That proved to be a mistake.
England’s Paul Casey shot a final-round 65 to get to 10-under, then held on as Woods and Reed each faltered on 18 to take the win, incomes himself $1.17 million and 500 Fed Ex Cup factors.
Beginning sooner than the leaders, Casey was even par by three holes earlier than birdying #4, #5 and #7 to hit the flip 3-under. He turned heads by birdying 11-13 in succession to change into the chief within the clubhouse.
Reed got here into the spherical at 6-under however instantly made his intentions identified with an eagle 3 on #1. He moved right into a tie for the lead with a birdie on #14, however bogeyed 18 to overlook out on the playoff.
Woods began the day at -8 and was at -9 after a birdie on #1 however gave it again with a bogey on #4. he proceeded to par the following 12 holes earlier than blowing the gang’s minds with a 43-foot birdie on No. 17 to get to 9-under. An identical vary putt stopped about 2-1/2 ft wanting the outlet on No. 18.
“I don’t know the way he does it. … He’s at all times had a capability to take care of the distractions and generally draw from it, and I truly I would like him to play sensible golf, need him to win once more as a result of I would like these children to see what we handled for an extended, very long time,” Casey stated of Woods. “It could be sensible. I need to win this week. If I don’t win this week I would like Tiger to win this week. I’m afraid to say that.”
2017 Masters champion Sergio Garcia shot a 65 like Casey to wind up fourth, 2 strokes off the lead at 8-under. Canadian rookie Connors took a 9-stroke nosedive from Spherical 3 to Spherical 4, winding up with a 6-over 77 and tied for sixteenth. Connors bogeyed #1 and #3 on the entrance 9, then #10 as nicely earlier than a double on #13.