Friday, 19 October, 2018

Tiger wins again: history in Atlanta

Tiger Woods rides hot start to brink of Tour Championship win Modal Trigger Tiger Woods reacts after a birdie putt on the fourth hole Saturday at the Tour Championship. EPA
Sergio Cook | 27 September, 2018, 14:43

Woods birdied the first hole at East Lake Golf Club, then never let anyone get closer than two shots - with two holes to go - as he captured the Tour Championship, his first victory in more than five years.

Woods won for the first time since 2013 while Rose captured the FedEx Cup.

"I had a hard time not crying on the last hole; I still had shots to play so I had to suck it up". In order to win the cup, he needed to win the event - which was close to a lock all day - and Rose needed to finish in a three-way tie for fifth or worse.

Woods opened the third round of the Tour Championship with his first 36-hole lead in a tournament since 2015 and immediately added onto it.

"My body was a wreck", recalled Woods, who hoped the surgery would alleviate debilitating back and leg pain.

Asked afterwards where this particular victory ranked among the others, he conceeded that he hadn't been sure that he was ever going to win again.

"I was beyond playing".

"I was kind of waiting for a break all day, waiting for a putt to drop or something good to happen, and it just wasn't really happening through the back nine".

After Woods capped off the 18th hole with a par, he raised his arms up in an emotional moment.

Less than a year ago he was 1,199 in the world after spinal fusion surgery - the latest of multiple operations.

February 11, 2015 - Announces he is taking time off to work on his game, saying that "my play, and scores, are not acceptable for tournament golf".

In May 2017, Woods was arrested in Florida and charged with driving under the influence. As it stands, Jack Nicklaus' 18 major championship wins, the great landmark of the sport, may not be safe either.

But on Sunday, fellow golfers, fans and celebrity athletes took to social media to hail the "comeback of all comebacks". "Sometimes it works but it just feels very familiar to me". "Pumped to be watching this today!"

The victory lifts Woods tally to 80 PGA Tour titles and just three wins shy of becoming the most successful player in the history of the PGA Tour.

Tiger Woods made it look and sound as if he had never been gone.

"I think it's the same regardless of who it is in the lead", McIlroy said.

Johnson had an outside shot at claiming the $10 million, but parred the last.

With career earnings at nearly $1.7bn, he is the second-highest paid athlete of all time after Michael Jordan, according to Forbes magazine.

"Congrats, Rosie", Woods told him.

The 14-time major victor was nearly robotic during a third round of five-under-par 65, which elevated him to 12 under - three shots ahead of playing partner Justin Rose (68) and Rory McIlroy (66).

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