Tiger stalking, Paul Casey wins.

Mar 11, 2018; Palm Harbor, FL, USA;  Paul Casey poses with the trophy after winning the Valspar Championship golf tournament at Innisbrook Resort - Copperhead Course. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

With his birdie at the par-3 13th, his seventh of the day to that point, England’s Paul Casey became the first player to get to double digits for the week, 10-under par, and take the outright lead. He would make pars on his final five holes to get in with a 6-under 65 and finish at 10-under 274. When Casey finished, the final group of the day was on the 12th hole. Casey began the final round five strokes back at 4-under 209.

With his win, Casey collects his second PGA TOUR victory in his 227th start at the age of 40 years, 7 months and 18 days. This week marked his 151st start since winning his first title at the 2009 Houston Open. 

Casey’s win a week after 47-year-old Phil Mickelson’s victory at the World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship marks the first time the PGA TOUR has produced back-to-back winners in the 40s since 2016 (Greg Chalmers/Barracuda Championship and Phil Mickelson/The Open Championship).

With the victory, Casey collects 500 points and moves from No. 39 to No. 8 in the FedExCup standings with 842 points. Casey has advanced to the TOUR Championship four times, including each of the last three seasons. 

Casey wins in his seventh start of the season, with a T7 at the CIMB Classic and T8 at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am his other top-10 finishes. He has yet to miss a cut this season. 

Tiger Woods made two birdies and one bogey in the final round, good for a 1-under 70 to finish T2 with Patrick Reed at 9-under 275. The finish marked his 30th runner-up finish and 187th top-10 in 332 PGA TOUR starts.

 With his T2 showing, Woods is projected to move to No. 43 in the FedExCup standings.

With rounds of 70-68-67-70—275 (-9), Woods posted four-consecutive, sub-par scores in a tournament for the first time since the 2013 THE NORTHERN TRUST (T2) 

Woods was seeking his 80th career victory, which would have brought him to within two of Sam Snead for most wins on the PGA TOUR (82).

Three years removed from his playoff loss to Jordan Spieth at the 2015 Valspar Championship, Patrick Reed bogeyed his 72nd hole to drop from a share of the 10-under lead, finishing instead at T2 with Tiger Woods at 9-under 275.

Reed, who began the final round three strokes off the lead at 6-under 207, was in search of his sixth PGA TOUR win and first since the 2016 THE NORTHERN TRUST in the FedExCup Playoffs.

At the 2015 Valspar Championship, Reed began the final round four strokes off the lead, before a final-round, 5-under 66 resulted in a spot in the playoff. He finished T2 with 2008 Valspar Championship winner, Sean O’Hair.






Paul Casey

70-68-71-65—274 (-10)


Patrick Reed

71-69-67-68—275 (-9)


Tiger Woods

70-68-67-70—275 (-9)


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