He’s back! Tiger Woods a victor again for first time since 2013

Marcus Newton
September 27, 2018

Woods, whose ailing back threatened to end his career just over a year ago, can win the FedEx Cup if everything goes his way at the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta this weekend.

After Woods' win, the crowd at East Lake erupted in euphoria.

"I would love to be able to win this event; I've got a three-shot lead but a bunch of guys behind me are playing well; we'll see what happens tomorrow", he said. "The fight and the grind and the tough conditions".

Tiger Woods said he held back the tears as he reached the 18th green before winning his first tournament in five years.

Woods led playing partner Justin Rose (68) by five shots at various stages on Saturday but had to settle for a three-shot cushion over the Englishman and Rory McIlroy (66), who sit at nine under.

But few, if any, of his wins, probably felt as good as winning on Sunday.

"I was having a hard time not crying coming up the last hole", Woods said in a greenside interview.

Rose, the world number one, battled to a three-over 73 in the final round, but managed to clinch the FedEx Cup title.

Tiger Woods (L) and Phil Mickelson, both of the United States, walk up the sixth fairway during the first round of the Deutsche Bank Championship golf tournament in Norton, Massachusetts August 30, 2013.

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Woods parred on the last hole to shoot a 1-over-par 70; he would up beating pro golfer Billy Horschel, 31, by two strokes, as ESPN noted.

Amid the excitement, it was easy to forget current world No. 1, Justin Rose, had birdied the 18th hole to finish tied for fourth place and secure the FedEx Cup - which serves as the finale to the PGA Tour season - as well as a check for $10 million.

He fired a 62 earlier this month and has also done enough to force himself into the United States of America team for next week's Ryder Cup.

The 42-year-old had gone more than five years in between victories before his historic win at the PGA Championship on Monday (AEST).

The victory also has golf's highest-profile player on the verge of a top 10 ranking.

Rose collected £7.6m ($10m) as the FedEx Cup victor while Woods, who finished third overall, won an additional £2.29m ($3m) in prize money.

Woods, however, gave his army of fans roaring him on a scare though when back-to-back bogeys on the 15th and 16th holes cut his lead to two with two to play.

Woods was in the greenside bunker, but splashed out and two putted for par before raising up his arms triumphantly in the air while the crowds chanted his name.

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