Tiger Woods won the 2013 Players Championship Sunday with a 13-under 275, marking his second career victory at the tournament.
Woods started the day on the 15th hole, as play was halted Saturday in the third round due to darkness. He then continued onto the fourth and final round of the tournament.
|T2||Kevin Streelman ||-11|
|T2||Jeff Maggert ||-11|
|T5||Martin Laird ||-10|
|T5||Ryan Palmer ||-10|
|T8||Ben Crane ||-7|
|T8||Rory McIIroy ||-7|
|T8||Brandt Snedeker ||-7|
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Woods opened up the fourth round by making par on the first hole. He then birdied hole No. 2, parred hole No. 3, birdied hole No. 4 and parred hole No. 5 before scoring a bogey on the sixth. Following the bogey, he went on to birdie hole No. 7 before parring his next four holes.
Woods birdied the 12th and parred the 13th before finding water on the 14th. He scored an ugly double bogey on that hole, allowing Jeff Maggert to join him at the top of the leaderboard.
Nemesis Sergio Garcia also joined Woods at the top after the 14th hole, setting up a contentious final stretch.
But after a par on hole No. 15, Woods distanced himself with a birdie on the 16th. Woods nailed a two-foot putt to par hole No. 17, but Garcia found the water...on consecutive strokes. Woods had the lead heading into the 18th, with 25-year-old David Lingmerth one stroke back.
Woods parred the final hole to win the 2013 Players Championship.
Sergio Garcia with a 17th hole to forget as he pulls the QUADRUPLE-BOGEY. He falls 4 shots behind Tiger Woods at 9-under.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) May 12, 2013
Jason Sobel of GolfChannel.com tweeted an interesting stat during the day:
Woods' driving accuracy (ranked 19th in the field), driving distance (22nd), greens-in-regulation percentage (fourth) and sand-save percentage (tied for first) were solid (h/t CBS Sports). He did, however, have trouble with his putting game at times.
He ranked 35th in putts per round at the Players Championship, which is odd considering he ranked first on tour in strokes gained coming into the tournament (via PGATour.com).
Throughout the season, Woods has been solid in several key areas, including putting, driving distance (ranked 24th on tour) and sand-save percentage (20th).
He hasn't been so hot in greens-in-regulation percentage and driving accuracy, though. Then again, Woods has gotten by throughout his career without needing to have particularly stellar driving accuracy. That area has generally been a weakness during his career.
Tiger Woods' Driving Accuracy Since 2003 (via PGATour.com)
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PGATour.com tweeted after the final round at the 2013 Players Championship:
Woods now has four victories on the year, more than he had all of last year (AT&T National, Memorial, Arnold Palmer Invitational, Players Championship).
His next big tournament is the U.S. Open on June 13 at the Merion Golf Club in Pennsylvania.