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THE PLAYERS


followed in the next group by taking a bold line at the tucked pin and doused two tee shots, resulting in a quadruple- bogey 7. A double-bogey 6 on the 18th was inconsequential. “That hole has been good to me for


the most part,” said Garcia, who won THE PLAYERS 2008 in a 17th-hole playoff with Paul Goydos. “Today, it wasn’t. That’s the way it is. That’s the kind of hole it is. You’ve got to love it for what it is.” Lingmerth’s


7-footer for birdie


to


tie Woods missed, just as Woods was smoking a 5-wood off the 18th tee en route to a textbook par. That left Lingmerth in the uncomfortable position of needing to birdie the tough 18th to tie Woods. His long birdie putt from the back of the green rolled well past the hole and the three-putt bogey dropped him into a three-way tie for second with Maggert and Kevin Streelman, two strokes behind Woods.


RECORD CROWDS SAW THE FINISH Woods was the only combatant to play the final three holes under par. Garcia was 5-over, Maggert 1-over and Lingmerth even par. The finish completed a week full of


drama. It started when Roberto Castro tied the course record of 63 (held by Fred Couples and Greg Norman) in the first round. Woods and Garcia amped up the intensity in the second round when they had a spat where Garcia claimed Woods created a crowd reaction during his shot. The incident only fueled Woods’ surge on the weekend where record crowds came out and Woods met their expectations. “I was shaping the golf ball both


ways and controlling my trajectory, and I thought that was important coming into this week,” said Woods, whose fourth win of the season was the earliest date he reached that total. “I’m just trying to get better, and I feel like I’m getting better as the year’s going on, which is nice.” The win improved his PGA TOUR


record to 52-4 when he has at least a share of the 54-hole lead. That shows that he has been “The Closer” at a lot of other places, too. ■


68 PGA TOUR ESSENTIAL GUIDE 2013 www.pgatour.com


« I’M JUST TRYING TO GET BETTER, AND I FEEL LIKE I’M


GETTING BETTER AS THE YEAR’S GOING ON, WHICH IS NICE. » THE PLAYERS CHAMPION, TIGER WOODS


Above: Sergio Garcia of Spain and David Lingmerth of Sweden after finishing on the 18th green.


Center (left): A view of the 17th green during the final round of THE PLAYERS Championship 2013.


Center (right): Tiger Woods studies his putt on the 12th hole.


Below: Tiger Woods signs autographs for volunteers after the final round of THE PLAYERS Championship 2013.


© PGA TOUR/STAN BADZ/CHRIS CONDON; GETTY IMAGES/RICHARD HEATHCOTE


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