Tiger Woods wins first championship in 5 years

27 September, 2018, 16:45 | Author: Nicole Aguilar
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"It's simple math; if I (shoot even par) the guys behind me have to shoot 67 to force it into extra holes ... that helps". He last played in the Ryder Cup in 2012.

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. That's what the beauty of this format is.

It's an incredible accomplishment for a golfer who's gone through a lot over the years. Obviously plan A was to try to win the tournament and plan B was to do enough to win the FedExCup. "But far and away, being next to this trophy is something I'm very, very proud of".

Yet while Rose was the big money victor, even he was quick to conceed he wasn't truly the biggest story of the day.

With a two-shot win at the Tour Championship in Atlanta, legendary U.S. golfer Tiger Woods clinched the comeback he longed for, after a near two-year absence in the sport and a championship drought of more than five years.

Amid raucous scenes, with the massive gallery chanting his name as he played the final hole, he tapped in to move within two victories of Sam Snead's all-time record of 82 titles.

He is alone in third and just two shots back of the leaders at the halfway stage of the season-ending tournament.

Woods, McIlroy share lead at BMW Championship
Earlier, Woods rushed to the turn in 29 strokes, including a five-foot eagle at the par-five 16th. He said: "That would be awesome". I get good support around here.

Tiger Woods, lower center, and Rory McIlroy, lower left, emerge from a horde of fans following Tiger on their way to the 18th green on the final day of the Tour Championship in Atlanta.

But a back-nine slip-up came when Woods flared his tee shot into the right rough on the 16th, which ultimately resulted in a bogey. "We haven't done that much of late because I haven't been there".

"I can't believe I've pulled this off after." he said before his face screwed up in emotion and he tried to hide his face. But this is under different circumstances.

If history is anything to go by, Woods has never lost a 54-hole lead of more than two shots and has converted 42 of the 44 tournaments where he was alone atop the leaderboard going into the final round - suggesting something special is about to happen.

"I found a swing, put the pieces together and knew I could do it again".

"But somehow I've been able to do that, and here we are".

"We're all delighted for Tiger, this is insane scenes and I'm sure I'm not the most popular guy for making birdie on the last but, hey, he's got enough money".

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