After a long drought, Tiger Woods captured his second Players Championship by shooting a final-round two-under-par 70 on Sunday and a 13-under-par total of 275 to hold off Swedish rookie David Lingmerth, and Americans Jeff Maggert and Kevin Streelman at the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass in Ponta Verde Beach, Florida.
The victory is a major step for Woods in what is considered a comeback. Woods had failed to win the prestigious tournament since 2001, and has not taken home a Major title since winning the U.S. Open in 2008. He joins Fred Couples, Davis Love III, and Steve Elkington as the only two-time winners.
Woods looked like the clear tournament favorite for most of Sunday until he hooked his tee shot into a water hazard on 14 for a double bogey. He would birdie on the 16th and finish the final holes strong for the victory.
"Sorry, Mom," Woods said into the camera on Mother's Day. "I think she might have had a heart attack. I was in control of the tournament, and I just hit the worst shot I could possibly hit."
Sergio Garcia, who had a much-publicized spat with Woods this weekend, finished tied for eight. Woods was tied with Garcia with two holes remaining, and won by finding land on the last two holes for par to close with a 2-under 70.
The verbal sparring had been a major storyline entering the final round.
"I'm not going to lie, he's not my favorite guy to play with," Garcia told Sky Sports. "He's not the nicest guy on tour."
Woods earned $1.71 million for the win, pushing his season total to over $5.8 million in just seven tournaments.