TIGER WOODS apologised to his mum for making a double bogey on the 14th and opening the door down the stretch at the 2013 Players Championship but in the end had a two stroke victory at the TPC Sawgrass.
Woods’ Mother’s Day quip showed how delighted he was with his 78th US PGA Tour title and his fourth for the year.
The world number one is closing rapidly on Sam Snead’s 82 tour win record, posting the four wins the fastest he ever has in one season.
“I’m getting better,” a straight-faced Woods said after posting a final round 2-under 70 to finish on 13-under and win the event for the second time in 12 years.
He had been pushed on the final day in Florida after starting the delayed final round equal with Spain’s Sergio Garcia (76) and rookie Swede David Lingmerth, (72),
Lingmerth had a tough putt to force a playoff on the last hole but three-putted to join Americans Kevin Streelman (67) and Jeff Maggert (70) in a tie for second.
Garcia had been battling Woods all tournament (both on and off the field it seems) and came to the iconic par three 17th island green level pegging.
Garcia, who won this event in a playoff in 2008 with a great shot on this very hole, proceeded to become one of its many victims, putting two tee shots into the water and recording a quadruple bogey.
Woods, playing in the preceding group up the 18th, obviously heard the uproar. After recording his seven for the hole, Garcia walked to the 18th tee and continued the meltdown, putting his drive into the water as well. The resulting double bogey dropped him to a tie for 8th.
[box]After playing the third round with Woods, Garcia told Sky Sports, “I’m not going to lie, he’s not my favorite guy to play with. He’s not the nicest guy on tour.” He then told the Golf Channel, “We don’t enjoy each other’s company. You don’t need to be a rocket engineer to figure that out.”[/box]
Leishman finishes best of the Aussies
Masters star performer Marc Leishman (72) finished the best of the Aussie golfers after getting to within a couple of the lead early in his round.
The Victorian finished on 7-under tied for eighth along with Garcia, Rory McIlroy (70), Brandt Snedeker (70), Lee Westwood (72) and two others.
“It was a satisfying week. Another top 10 and I didn’t lose my head,” said Leishman, who is having a terrific year.
In his first hit out since the Masters, Adam Scott finished with a 71 to be tied 19th at five-under.
“I actually played a lot better than really my score showed,” the Masters Champion said. “It was one of those tough weeks on the greens where I hit a lot of good putts and they didn’t go in and a couple of my good shots didn’t turn out so good.”
Jason Day finished strongly with a 68 to be tied with Scott and others while Greg Chalmers faded with a 77 to drop to two-under and a tie for 37th. John Senden (73) was the final Aussie making the cut, finishing at one-under in a tie for 43rd.The Players Championship Leaderboard