By Rosie DiManno Star Columnist Sun., March 11, 2018 PALM HARBOR, Fla.—It was a swooning ball, an operatic ham of a putt playing to the back row of the theatre, curling fractionally and dipping almost regretfully into the cup. And for a moment, there was magic in the air. On the 17th hole, after a dozen straight pars, following a string of putts shading just a twitch to the right and to the left, Tiger Woods was on the threshold of a remarkable renaissance. One more birdie and at worst he would force a playoff with Paul Casey. His devotees, stacked 10-deep in the gallery, let out a roar, as they had been full-throated in their welcome-back chorus on the Copperhead course since Thursday. Because they’d been left largely dormant for the previous three hours, since an opening-hole birdie. Fifteen holes with nary a birdie in between. But a ruinous fourth-hole bogey. Article Continued Below Woods lifted his head after draining that 43-foot birdie putt on 17, willing it in, and grinned, tugged appreciatively at the bill of his cap. In his Sunday red, moving off purposefully towards the close-out, his destiny in his own hands. Looking strong and fit… Read full this story
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