Tiger Woods' biceps are ready for the Tour Championship

Sherman Parsons
September 24, 2018

Tiger Woods is the only two-time victor of the FedExCup, having been victorious in the season-long race's debut in 2007 and then again in 2009.

After five years and 50 days, after surgeries and off-course drama that would have torpedoed half a dozen lesser players' careers, could Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018 be the day Tiger Woods once again wins a tournament? Rose struggled Sunday, firing a 3-over 73, but he two-putted for birdie on the 72nd hole to claim the Cup.

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. That might be enough to return him to No. 1 in the world. Thus far it has stuck, though, and Woods leveraged a rejuvenated body and fresh swing into a season I'm not sure anyone could have imagined - Woods himself included - at the start of the year. Not so much for Rose.

It was the archetype for a Tiger Woods victory. This marks the 58th time on Tour Woods has entered the final round with at last a share of the lead, and he won 53 of the previous 57. There was nothing showy about what Woods did in the final round at East Lake, and there didn't need to be. Woods sits at -12 thanks to a 65-68-65 run highlighted by six birdies in his first seven holes on Saturday.

His closest challenger is Justin Rose.

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Tiger Woods will tee off at 2:05 p.m. ET on Sunday.

And an awkward one for the tour.

Woods tapped in for par on the final hole to finish off the win. Crowds were huge. TV ratings were at 15-year highs. He won the FedEx Cup in 2014. And there's a chance no one will even notice.

Not only did Woods have to reclaim his golf swing and his physical stature, he had to reclaim his life. He began play Sunday paired with McIlroy and held a three-shot lead over McIlroy and Rose.

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