Ponte Vedra Beach, FL (Sports Network) - With a little help from the Stadium
Course's famed Island Green, Tiger Woods downed adversary Sergio Garcia on
Sunday and won the Players Championship for the first time in over a decade.
The final leaderboard won't tell the tale, but Woods and Garcia were tied
coming down the stretch at TPC Sawgrass before the latter dropped consecutive
shots into the water at the par-3 17th.
Woods, playing in the penultimate group, was in the 18th fairway when Garcia
concluded his quadruple bogey on No. 17, and the world No. 1 calmly parred
the hole to wrap up his 2-under 70.
Garcia then doubled the last after finding water off the tee for a final-round
76, but his partner, rookie David Lingmerth, had a chance to catch Woods on
the 72nd hole.
Needing a birdie to force a playoff, the Web.com Tour graduate instead rolled
his lengthy putt past the cup, and Woods had his second Players Championship
Woods, who also titled here in 2001, finished at 13-under-par 275 and locked
up his 78th career PGA Tour victory. He has four wins in just seven events
this season, marking his fastest-ever start on the circuit.
Lingmerth bogeyed No. 18 for a final-round 72, which dropped him into a tie
for second place with Kevin Streelman (67) and Jeff Maggert (70) at 11-under.
More to follow.
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