Tiger Woods finished tied for second at the Valspar Championship, which is an important affirmation that he’s on the right track in his goal of crawling his way back to the top.
Woods was quite happy that he gave himself a chance with his play in the final round although his final putt was two-and-a-half feet short.
“Unfortunately I just didn’t quite feel as sharp as I needed to with my irons, played a little conservative because of it,” he said.
Close indeed as he only trailed Paul Casey, who won his second PGA Tour title, by just one stroke.
Woods, however, is learning from these failures. For instance, next time he had to handle the par-5s “a little better.” If he had to look back, he could spot one or two chances that he failed to capitalized but he’s not going to dwell on those mistakes.
The good thing about all these is that the pressure is off so Woods can enjoy golfing more. There was a time when he was almost automatic even before the first round would start. Now, he’s trying to get back his form in his his fourth tournament after the spinal fusion surgery.
In fact, six months ago he was already mulling retirement because of the pain in his back. However, he’s already regaining his power back and only needs to work on his short game.
Joe LaCava, the caddie for Woods, said that the 14-major champion had trouble adjusting on the speed of the greens.
“He didn’t hit it quite as good, not as close and didn’t have as many chances. For some, it was there to be had, but he just didn’t have as many birdie chances,” the caddie said. In the same vein, he said that Woods has something to build upon with his second-place finish at the Valspar Championship. .