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But we knew it would eventually happen when Tiger had a solid lead over a talented field. He hit his tee shot in the water, failed to get his next shot on the green and missed his bogey putt. He fell back to the field and had to find another gear late on Sunday at an event he hasn't loved in the past.
But he caught a break two holes later as his second shot barely cleared the water on the par-5 16th and he was able to get up and down for a birdie.
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Then came Sergio Garcia. The guy who openly professed he wasn't a huge fan of Tiger earlier in the week when the two were paired together looked like the best bet to catch Woods and possibly force a star-studded playoff. The 33-year-old's second shot on the 16th showed just how focused he was.
Garcia made a birdie there to match Woods at 13-under before approaching the par-3 17th, the most famous hole in the world and one that was good for Garcia back in 2008 when he won in a playoff over Paul Goydos.
Sergio hit a wedge that was right at the flag, but came up a full club short in the drink. His second shot didn't do much better, finding the water as well and resulting in an ugly quadruple-bogey 7. Sergio followed that up with a wet double-bogey on the 18th to boot, and it was Tiger's tournament even after a late push by little known David Lingmerth.
We talk all the time about Tiger and when he will be the guy he used to be, but the conversation is obviously dead after this win, his fourth of 2013. This is the fastest Tiger has ever got to four wins in a season, and despite some loose swings as he was closing, it was Tiger who was, again, able to calm the storm and reign supreme at an event that hasn't been his favorite in the past decade.
The PGA Tour is Tiger's world once again, and if it wasn't for a bulky flagstick on the 15th hole at Augusta National, we might just be talking about his finest season ever as a professional.
Video of Sergio Garcia's late meltdown at TPC
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