Tiger Woods secured his fourth victory of 2013, after firing a final round of 2 under par, 70. Both Sweden’s David Lingmerth and Spain’s Sergio Garcia succumbed to the final round pressure of The Players and faltered towards the end. The Spaniard put 2 balls in the water on the treacherous 17th hole going directly for the flag.
A par on the 18th hole was good enough for Woods to take the trophy. The American world number one said “I’m getting better. This was hard. The conditions got tricky. I had a hard time reading the putts. The greens were dicey”.
Swede, David Lingmerth missed a short putt on the famous 17th hole, after putting his tee shot to no more than 6 feet from the hole. A birdie there would have put Lingmerth level with Tiger Woods and a par on the last hole would have meant a play off. As it was he missed the putt and Woods secured victory. He still finished in a tie for second place with Kevin Streelman and Jeff Maggert.
Garcia also found the water on 18 as well as hitting two balls into the water on 17 and finished six shots back of Tiger Woods. The Spaniard said “You have to be disappointed, not so much with 18, but with 17. I got going nicely from the 11th onwards, I felt I was hitting the ball better, felt calmer and got too confident on 17”. “I’d hit so many good shots in a row and I under-hit it”.
Tiger Woods won this trophy back in 2001 and it is just his second win at The Players Championship, also known as a “fifth major” in the United States. The world number one has now won a staggering 78 PGA Tour titles and he is only four short of the all-time record currently held by the legendary Sam Snead.
Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia were involved in a row during the weather interrupted third round. The Spaniard felt that Woods was to blame for crowd noise that interrupted his swing. However, they were kept apart in the final round as Lingmerth joined them in a share of the lead after 54 holes. Speaking after the third round, Garcia said of Woods. “He’s not my favourite guy to play with. He’s not the nicest guy on Tour. So it will be good for both of us not to play together again”.
Garcia also added “We don’t like each other. It doesn’t take a rocket engineer to figure that out. He is who he is. I am who I am. It’s best we’re not playing together again”.
The next event begins on Thursday which is the HP Byron Nelson Championship. There is a very strong field, and should be an exciting finish come Sunday afternoon.
Author Daniel Foster.
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