Ponte Vedra Beach, FL -- With a little help from the Stadium Course's famed Island Green, Tiger Woods downed adversary Sergio Garcia on Sunday and won the Players Championship for the first time in over a decade.
The final leaderboard won't tell the tale, but Woods and Garcia were tied coming down the stretch at TPC Sawgrass before the latter dropped consecutive shots into the water at the par-3 17th.
Woods, playing in the penultimate group, was in the 18th fairway when Garcia concluded his quadruple bogey on No. 17, and the world No. 1 calmly parred the hole to wrap up his 2-under 70.
Garcia then doubled the last after finding water off the tee for a final-round 76, but his partner, rookie David Lingmerth, had a chance to catch Woods on the 72nd hole.
Needing a birdie to force a playoff, the Web.com Tour graduate instead rolled his lengthy putt past the cup, and Woods had his second Players Championship victory.
Woods, who also titled here in 2001, finished at 13-under-par 275 and locked up his 78th career PGA Tour victory. He has four wins in just seven events this season, marking his fastest-ever start on the circuit.
Lingmerth bogeyed No. 18 for a final-round 72, which dropped him into a tie for second place with Kevin Streelman (67) and Jeff Maggert (70) at 11-under.
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