Despite falling short of a win this weekend at the Valspar Championship, Tiger Woods has the golf world wondering “Is Tiger here to stay?”. After Day 3, Tiger was two strokes out of 1st place – and would finish tied for 2nd with Patrick Reed at 9 under par after an outstanding final day from Canadian Paul Casey. Casey started off Sunday on fire shooting for birdies on 7 of the first 13 holes and never looked back, finishing with a final score of 10 under par. The resurgence of Tiger collected the best TV rating of any tournament on the PGA Tour (5.1) since 2014.
While Tiger climbed his way back near the top of the leaderboard, several golf greats weren’t so lucky. Phenom Jordan Spieth’s performance was summed up on Friday, when he was let standing alone on the 8 th green after missing a 9-foot birdie. He finished 5 over 76 in the first round, which would ultimately force him to miss the cut. This would be the second cut of the season for Spieth after only missing 3 all last season. Despite admitting his desire to play alongside Woods once again on the final day of the Valspar Tournament, Rory McIlroy would finish 2 over 73 Friday before missing the cut yet again. This would be his 2 nd time missing the cut in his last 4 starts on the tour. Former Masters Champion Sergio Garcia made a valiant run at 1 st place on Sunday – shooting six under par for the day but could not make up enough ground for his slow start earlier in the weekend, finishing in 4 th place. The tour continues March 15th at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, as Tiger looks to continue his climb back to the top.