Tiger Woods Wins The Players Championship in Sawgrass
Tiger Woods faltered, recovered and then finished strong to cap a dramatic victory at The Players Championship.
Woods appeared to be cruising toward his second career win at The Players when he arrived at the 14th hole at TPC Sawgrass on Sunday. Then everything went sideways -- and got wet. Alone atop the leaderboard as he stepped to the tee at 14, Woods hooked the ball left and into the water. By the time he completed his double bogey on the par-4 14th hole, Woods had squandered his two-stroke lead and was mired in a four-way-tie at 12-under with Sergio Garcia, David Lingmerth and Jeff Maggert.
"It was tough. I was in control of the tournament and got to 14 tee and just hit the worst shot I could possibly hit. And then, you know, made double bogey there but just stayed really patient," Woods told Steve Sands of Golf Channel after the win. "I kept telling myself, 'That's the only bad swing I've made all day and there's no reason why I can't still win this golf tournament.'"
Woods regained the lead with a birdie on 16 and then benefited from a meltdown by Garcia en route to his fourth PGA Tour win of the 2013 campaign and 78th career PGA Tour Win. The Tiger finished his four rounds at 13-under par. His victory was sealed when Lingmerth failed to birdie the 18th hole, which would have forced a playoff.