Paul Casey claims one-shot win over Tiger Woods at Valspar Championship

Tiger is once again the star of the show on the PGA Tour

TIGER WOODS WAS two off the pace with nine holes to play at the Valspar Championship, as Paul Casey charged into pole position on a congested and star-studded leaderboard in Florida.

Woods began the final round just a stroke off the pace at Palm Harbor, leading to heightened expectations on Sunday as the 14-time major champion sought to end a win drought stretching back to 2013. He's endured four back surgeries since then, recently returning to the TOUR after a year's absence.

He nevertheless approached the final green knowing a birdie would force a play-off, following a stunning 44-foot putt for a two on the 17th that sent his supporters insane. That's a stretch of 1,659 days between the past two top-five finishes in Woods' career.

He finished joint second with fellow American Patrick Reed, who bogeyed the 18th to miss out on a play-off.

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The 42-year-old, sporting his familiar final-day attire of a red polo shirt and black pants, started the day tied for second with Justin Rose and Brandt Snedeker at eight under, a stroke behind unheralded rookie Corey Conners.

For 40-year-old Casey, who had won 17 times around the world, it was only his second U.S. tour victory after the Shell Houston Open in April 2009 and his first win anywhere since the European tour's 2014 KLM Open.

Reed moved alongside Casey but bogeyed the last to slip into a share of second alongside Woods, who closed with a one-under 70 to secure his best PGA Tour finish since 2013.

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