A look at some of the quotes from the top players after the final round of the Valspar Championship at Innisbrook’s Copperhead, where Paul Casey won his first PGA Tour title in eight years, and the second of his career.
Players highlighted include Casey, Tiger Woods, Sergio Garcia, and Patrick Reed.
Paul, you played the tournament sometimes, some years you do, some years you don’t. What went into choosing go play this year and how the tournament changed?
CASEY: To me it’s one of the best courses on Tour. I think — without question one of the best courses on Tour. My caddy, Johnny McClaren won here before with Luke Donald. He thought it would really suit my game.
I hit a lot of greens in regulation. We discussed again trying to get the flow of the travel. We thought it fit really nicely in the schedule, everything about it, you know, the people, Copperhead, there’s just a lot of positives to it.
It’s actually pretty easy decision, to be honest. Actually questioned why I haven’t played it more in the past because actually I haven’t played it that well. Surprising.
I did like it and as soon as I turned up, I had a good feeling anyway and obviously I’ll be back next year but it’s one I probably would have on the schedule forever. I still don’t like 16.
1 (-10, 70-68-71-65)
Tiger, what was the feeling like walking up 18 knowing you had a chance first time in all these years in that position coming down to the last hole?
WOODS: I was very thankful I made the putt on 17. I didn’t want to have to try to hole it from the fairway. But I had a few, unfortunately, a couple good looks and just didn’t make them today. They were a little bit outside the range.
As I was saying, I wasn’t as sharp as I wanted to feel with my iron game today. You know, it’s one of those days where I kept getting the half club. It was a half club this way and that way.
I couldn’t quite get a full swing at it and on top of that just not having my iron game as sharp as I needed to have. It showed it in my amount of birdies today.
T2 (-9, 70-68-67-70)
Patrick, just back in contention a little bit. Sad finish at the end. Can you just explain that on the last green?
REED: Not really. Hit a good drive and thought I hit a good wedge shot into the green. I had 133 covered. The way the ball was flying it’s a full 51. Hit it perfect, nice tight draw right if the flag.
When I saw people kind of waiving back I knew it was kind of coming down the hill. It happened to be unfortunate it got around the corner of the green where I was on the green, had to go over the fringe, through about seven feet of fringe and back on the green and I thought I could putt it and I pulled out putter first time and I gave it extra because I knew it was going to either pop or come out slow.
I just didn’t hit it hard enough, obviously. Absolutely killed it and the ball rolled back down to where it was. I knew there was no way I could putt it. It had to be a chip. I chipped and ended up there to 6 inches and tap-in.
T2 (-9, 71-69-67-68)
Your schedule the next few weeks. You’ve got some interesting off course things happening.
GARCIA: Yeah. Well, next week off, obviously, we’re having our little girl on Sunday, and then hopefully Match Play and then the Masters. So, you know, we’ll see how it goes.
3 (-13, 70-72-69-65)
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