Published: Mon, September 24, 2018
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

Hear Him Roar! Tiger Woods wins Tour Championship, ends 5-year drought

Hear Him Roar! Tiger Woods wins Tour Championship, ends 5-year drought

The 14-time major victor hit a one-over 71 at East Lake to top the elite 30-player field as his closest overnight challengers Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose struggled to mount any resistance.

Horschel shot four-under 66 to finish alone in second place, while Hideki Matsuyama and Rickie Fowler each shot the low rounds of Sunday's play with 65.

A poised and controlled effort, Woods fired a final-round 71 to finish the week second in the FedEx Cup standings.

Englishman and current world No.1 Justin Rose is this year's FedEx Cup champion, with his tie for fourth good enough for him to pocket the $US10 million overall prize.

"I had a hard time not crying up the last hole", he said.

Woods, who entered the day with a three-shot lead, captivated fans with a blast from the past, ending all doubt he's returned to form after four back surgeries since 2014.

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So far, it's been a great day for Woods.

Not only did Woods have to reclaim his golf swing and his physical stature, he had to reclaim his life.

That's 1,876 days between victories and Woods was mobbed, drawing an excited crowd that followed him from hole to hole and sprinted ahead to No. 18 to bring pandemonium to the final shots. He left the competition feeling hopeless as he built a five-shot lead early and hung on to win the Tour Championship. For the first time in five years, your guy is a victor on the PGA Tour.

Gallery members joined Woods down the 72nd fairway as he finished off his 80th PGA Tour victory.

Five years and four back surgeries later, Tiger Woods is a victor on the PGA Tour once again. "I loved every bit of it, the fight, the grind and the tough conditions". The quick answer is the Ryder Cup this week in Paris.

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