An emotional Tiger Woods has finally made his comeback to win the season-ending Tour Championship by two shots and record his first win in the last 5 years – INCREDIBLE!
The 42-year-old’s victory in Atlanta was his 80th PGA Tour Title – only American Sam Snead has more – but his first since August 2013.
Less than a year ago he was #1,199 in the world after a spinal fusion surgery.
“I was having a hard time not crying on that last hole,” Woods said.
“I just can’t believe I’ve pulled this off.”
Woods holed out for par to complete a final round of 71 for an 11-under total before holding his arms aloft in celebration of a brilliant win just days before the Ryder Cup gets under way in Paris.
England’s Justin Rose lost his world number one ranking as a result of finishing tied fourth but secured the overall FedEx Cup which determines the season-long PGA Tour champion – the first Englishman to do so.
Rose birdied the 18th at East Lake for a 73 to finish on six under and seal the top-five finish he needed to win the $10m (£7.6m) bonus on offer as FedEx Cup champion.
The win for Woods, who is part of the United States team for next week’s Ryder Cup in Paris, means he is now two short of Snead’s all-time PGA Tour title record of 82.
In April 2017 he had his third surgery in 19 months to try and cure pain in his back and leg.
He returned to competitive golf in November 2017 and admitted he was “winging it” as he waited to see if his back would hold up.
“I’ve been in bed for about two years and haven’t been able to do much,” Woods said before the Hero World Challenge, where he would finish ninth in the 18-man field.
His difficult decade
In October 2017 Woods, who last won a major in 2008, was sentenced to a year’s probation after pleading guilty to reckless driving.
He was arrested in May that year after officers found him slumped at the wheel of his parked Mercedes-Benz not far from his Florida home.
Woods insisted that alcohol was not a factor, which the toxicology test showed to be true.
He claimed his disorientated condition was caused by an unexpected reaction to the combination of medications he was taking, after surgery on his back.
In total, he had four surgeries on his back in four years, at one point saying he simply wanted to be able to walk and live a normal life again after years of chronic pain.
In 2009 Woods was involved in a bizarre car crash outside his Orlando home.
The incident sparked accusations of extramarital affairs which led to the end of his seven-year marriage and the loss of lucrative sponsorship deals.