Former world number one Tiger Woods (photo: Getty Images)

Tiger Woods narrowly missed winning his first title since 2013 after losing by just one stroke to Paul Casey at the Valspar Championship.

The former world number one had put himself in contention after a crazy 44-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole on Sunday.

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However, it was not to be the winning return he has been craving for since injuries heavily derailed his career.

He finished second behind Casey who had himself had not won on the PGA tour since 2009.

Casey played the last 15 holes in 6 under to grab his first victory since the 2009 Shell Houston Open. He had to wait until the last minute for confirmation, though. Woods missed a 38-foot birdie on the 72nd hole, and Casey took the trophy from the clubhouse.

“Tiger made it look easy for such a long time, and it’s not,” Casey told NBC.

“I’ve won a few times in Europe, but to take this on and get my second victory on the PGA Tour, it’s emotional. I’ve worked so hard. I’m so happy for it.”

For Woods though, lots of positives to point to in his finish as it is the closest he has come to winning on the PGA tour in years.