Tiger Woods finishes second at 2018 Valspar Championship

The world's former number one can use the runner-up result to buoy himself into the upcoming Masters in Augusta. Woods is chasing his first major tournament win since 2008.

Kahron Spearman

Tiger Woods finished tied for second - just a shot behind winner Paul Casey - after Sundays closing round of the 2018 Valspar Championship. It's Woods' best finish since being runner-up at the Barclays in 2013.

Woods will have the benefit of using his new tailwind to boost his momentum toward his performance at the Masters at Augusta, coming in just a few weeks. He hasn't won a major since 2008, declining in recent years after a series of back surgeries and public off-course issues that let to rehab.

I think that Ive gotten a little bit better than what I was a couple weeks ago at Honda. I keep getting just a little bit better and a little bit sharper. Today wasnt quite as sharp as I would have liked to have had it but I had a good shot at winning this golf tournament. A couple putts here and there and it could have been a different story.

Woods required a birdie on the 18th to force a playoff with Casey, the leader in the clubhouse. However, he settled for par - and second - after his birdie putt feet two feet short of the cup.

With the fans at his back, Woods ran down a sensational nine-under for the tournament, building his 12th place finish at the Honda Classic in February. The former world number one appeared stronger with each round; multiple sources cites Woods recording the fastest club-head speed of the season on Saturday - 129.2 miles per hour at the 14th hole.