Sport Very special to beat Tiger, says Valspar winner Casey

01:20  12 march  2018
01:20  12 march  2018 Source:   Omnisport

Woods returns to world's top 150 after Valspar challenge

  Woods returns to world's top 150 after Valspar challenge Having returned to form, almost taking a dramatic PGA Tour victory at the Valspar Championship, Tiger Woods was a big mover in the rankings.Tiger Woods has climbed into the top 150 of the Official Golf World Ranking for the first time in almost three years after his Valspar Championship challenge.

Paul Casey teed off Sunday before all of the Tiger Woods mania, and he did enough to claim the Valspar Championship. " Very rewarding to have a good putting Sunday," Casey said after his round.

Tiger Woods: Set the target at the Valspar . -4 Paul Casey , Brandt Snedeker, Tiger Woods, Ryan Palmer, Kelly Kraft. "I'm still working on it, I'm getting a little bit better, piece by piece. This was a very good test.

PaulCasey - cropped: Paul Casey at the Valspar Championship © Provided by Omnisport Paul Casey at the Valspar Championship

Paul Casey was delighted to edge out Tiger Woods to claim the Valspar Championship and relishes the prospect of battling with the golfing great again at the upcoming Masters.

A fine 65 on Sunday saw Casey come in at 10 under overall, setting a target that Woods – trailing rookie Corey Conners by a stroke at the start of the day – could not quite reach, falling one shot shy in a mixed final round.

The victory was Casey's first on the PGA Tour in nine years and the significance of beating Woods along the way was not lost on him as he looks ahead to the first major of the year at Augusta next month.

Woods feels 'physically able' to compete at Augusta

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Paul Casey closed with a 6-under 65 and won the Valspar Championship, but only after watching from the locker room as Tiger Woods came up one putt short of forcing a playoff. That left Casey the winner , finally.

Paul Casey won his first PGA Tour title in almost a decade as Tiger Woods came up one shot short in the Valspar Championship. In an emotional interview after his victory was confirmed, Casey said : "I lost a friend last Saturday.

"I feel great," he told Sky Sports. "I'm excited [ahead of the Masters], not only for my game, but also the fact Tiger's playing great. It's cool, couldn't be better. I'm a fan of golf as much as I am a player.

"To pip him is very special. He'll be on top form when we get there [Augusta] and I'm looking forward to it. I think I've got a good chance."

And Casey was pleased to finally secure just his second Tour win, although he insists he has been playing without pressure.

"There has been a lot [of talk about coming close but not winning]," he said.

"It's got to the point where it's gone the other way, where actually I'm playing very free golf, very relaxed and very at peace with whatever happens on the golf course.

"I think I can say that because of my life away from the golf course – my wife and my kids. To then get both is obviously the icing on the cake."

Casey's best placing at the Masters, which Woods has won four times, is a tie for fourth in 2016.

Woods off to strong start in Arnold Palmer Invitational .
Tiger Woods has picked up this week where he left off at the Valspar Championship in the Arnold Palmer Invitational.Tiger Woods got off to a strong start to take an early share of the lead in the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Thursday.


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