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Tiger Woods wins second Players Championship

Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia renewed their once keen contested rivalry on Sunday, as the duo fought it out at The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass.

With just two holes to play and tied with the Spaniard for the lead, Woods showed the closer of old with two pars as Garcia could only find the water with a quadruple bogey-double bogey finish.

The 14-time-major winner thus secured only his second career Players Championship, the richest prize on the PGA Tour, and his first since 2001. This was also Woods Tour-leading fourth victory this year and the fastest he has made it to a quartet of victories in a year.

"We just go out there and play," Woods said. "I had an opportunity to win the golf tournament when I was tied for the lead today, and I thought I handled the situation well and really played well today when I really needed to. And that's something I'm excited about it."

"It's always nice to have a chance at beating the No. 1 player in the world, but unfortunately for me, I wasn't able to this week," Garcia said.

The defeat to Woods would have been particularly galling for the man from Spain due to a spat between the two that arose on Saturday.

As Garcia was lining up his shot from the par-5 fairway, Woods caused a distracting hubbub from amongst his raucous fans by pulling out a metal wood in readiness for his own shot. The Spaniard complained that he was distracted by the the enthusiastic crowd reaction and sliced his shot as a result.

"I wouldn't say that he didn't see that I was ready, but you do have a feel when the other guy is going to hit, and right as I was in the top of the backswing I think he must have pulled like a five-wood or a three-wood and obviously everybody started screaming. So that didn't help very much.

"I think that I try to respect everyone as much as possible out there. I try to be careful what I do to make sure it doesn't bother the other players."

After glowering at his playing partner, the rancor clearly festered.

Garica  told Sky Sports, "I'm not going to lie, he's not my favorite guy to play with. He's not the nicest guy on tour." And then he told Golf Channel, "We don't enjoy each other's company. You don't need to be a rocket engineer to figure that out."

Woods shrugged off any talk of gamesmanship and returned fire: "The marshals, they told me he already hit, so I pulled a club and was getting ready to play my shot, and then I hear his comments afterwards, and [it's] not real surprising that he's complaining about something."

Biting words from Woods might sting Garcia, but not more than the sight of the World No1 lifting the trophy which had been within his grasp.

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