But needing a birdie to force a playoff with Casey, Woods's 38-footer came up short and his 70 for 295 left him one shot behind the Englishman.
Casey, who had played alongside Woods on day three and ended four shots adrift of Woods, snatched seven birdies in a closing 65 to win by a shot with a 10-under par tally on the Copperhead course.
It had been an hour and 12 minutes from the time Casey completed his round before Casey was confirmed as the victor and with Casey anxiously glued to TV coverage first of Patrick Reed and then Woods.
He had been a factor on the final day in his previous two tournaments and a gallery in Florida that stood 10-deep around just about every green could sense a victory was possible.
"It feels good to be up here", Woods said. I remember it and on top of that my game is sharp.
As a massive gallery - energized by Woods's mere presence in a tournament he had never played, then whipped to the point of frenzy by his late Sunday charge - pressed in around the green, Woods studied his long birdie putt from all angles, took his putter back, and unforgivably left it almost three feet short.
No one caught him, giving him his second PGA Tour title and his first since the Houston Open in 2009.
Reed three-putted the last to give up a share of the lead - his initial effort rolling back down a ridge to his feet - but Woods could not pull off a miracle, missing the target from 39 feet to ensure Casey prevailed. Even the players trying to beat Woods got swept up in the emotions of seeing him closer than ever to having a chance to win again.
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Woods has endured a hard few years - with his last tour victory coming at the Bridgestone Invitational in August 2013 - but is beginning to show some promising signs ahead of the Masters next month.
"I've gotten a little bit better than what I was a couple of weeks ago". That putt was good for a birdie, pulling him within one entering the 18th hole. 44 feet - get in there!
The 42-year-old star golfer was in contention on a Sunday. I said a couple of times if I don't win this thing, I actually want Tiger to win it.
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.
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He led compatriot Justin Rose, who picked up one stroke in eight holes to improve to nine-under. But Sharma bogeyed two of three holes on the back nine, including a double-bogey 7 after an out-of-bounds tee shot on the 15th, to end his chances of winning his third European Tour event of the season.
But in that time, much has changed in Casey's life as he explained.
"I'm playing very free golf and very relaxed with what's happening on the golf course.".
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