Tiger Woods Wins First Golf Tournament Since 4 Back Surgeries

Sherman Parsons
September 27, 2018

Tiger Woods electrified the gallery at East Lake Golf Club during the third round of the Tour Championship and put himself in a great position to win his first tournament since 2013 with a 5-under par round of 65.

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

It was a day that many thought might never happen again and thousands of Woods' delirious fans spilled onto the 18th fairway to follow their idol to the green after his approach found a greenside bunker. Just have to suck it up and hit shots.

"Once I got the ball on the green, I gave Joey [LaCava, caddie] a high five cos' it was done, I could handle that from there".

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

After multiple promising starts this season, Woods was able to string together four brilliant rounds over the weekend to get the first win of his comeback at the TOUR Championship, taking the trophy with a final score of 11-under par.

"Certainly, this is going to be up there as one of my better accomplishments I've had [if I win]", Woods told NBC Sports before the tournament was over. The fight, the grind, the tough conditions.

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"I've worked my way back, and I couldn't have done it without those around me ... some knew what I was struggling with, and it was really special to see them [other players] here". Obviously plan A was to try to win the tournament and plan B was to do enough to win the FedExCup.

"It was a totally different vibe", said Rose, who two weeks ago ascended to the world number one ranking at age of 38.

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

He built a five-shot lead at the turn and despite bogeys at the 15th and 16th holes, he held on ahead of fast-finishing Billy Horschel, who carded 66 for second place on nine-under.

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 tee shot went 218 yards to the fringe and his chip went 24 yards to the green where he had a two-putt for bogey, bringing Woods to even for the round.

Woods had a five-shot lead after six holes of the final round, and there is no other player that generates interest in the sport, especially after the back surgeries he has overcome.

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