Woods blames irons not nerves

The Tiger Woods comeback continued on Sunday as he fought hard but could only finish tied for second at the Valspar Championship – the 79-time PGA Tour champion pointed to his inaccurate iron-play rather than his temperament to explain why he never lifted the trophy.

It’s hard not to feel like the old Tiger is back. Massive galleries, fearless putts, low stingers, fist-pumps and composure under pressure. The only thing missing at the end of another brilliant weekend of golf from the master was a trophy.

There are many ways to assess Woods’ closing round of 70 which contained just two birdies and one dropped shot and left him a single stroke behind eventual winner Paul Casey.

If you’re looking at the glass being half-empty, then it’s worrying that Woods got into contention and never closed it out.

If you’re looking at the glass being half-full, then it’s mightily encouraging that Woods said he felt completely at ease chasing the leaders but was simply let-down by inaccurate approach shots.

“I felt very comfortable, actually. I’ve been here before a few times,” the 42-year-old said when asked if he had felt any nerves.

“Unfortunately, I just didn’t quite feel as sharp as I needed to with my irons and played a little conservative because of it.

“I believe my game is progressing,”

Woods will play in this week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational as he continues to prepare for the Masters in early April.

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