Tiger Woods held his nerve on the final day of The Players Championship to claim his first tournament victory at Sawgrass since 2001, and fourth of the 2013 season.

The world number one's final round of 70 was enough to win 'the fifth major' with an overall score of 13-under par, after Sergio Garcia put two tee shots in the water at the 17th hole, ending any chance of the match being taken to a play-off.

Garcia finished six shots off the lead after finding the water again on the 18th, leaving the Spaniard way down in tied eighth place on seven-under par following his disastrous collapse.

Woods finished two shots clear of fellow Americans Kevin Streelman and Jeff Maggert, who shared second place with Swede David Lingmerth on 11-under, while Ryan Palmer, Henrik Stenson and Martin Laird - the highest placed Brit - all finished tied fifth a further shot behind.

"To (win) on a course this demanding against arguably the best field which is assembled throughout the year is always difficult," Woods said at the trophy presentation in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

"For some reason today I hit it really well - except for that tee shot at 14 - other than that I really played well today."

The 37-year-old had a brief wobble when he double-bogeyed the 14th hole, but recovered well with a par and a birdie at 16, following an impressive shot out of the bunker.

"I was in control and hit the worst shot I could hit on the tee at 14 and made a double but I just stayed patient and told myself that was my only bad swing all day," he is quoted by BBC Sport.

"Apart from that tee shot I really played well. I'm just trying to get better and I've had a good start to the year."

 

 

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