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Sunday, 23 September 2018

Woods finally ends five-year title drought


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Tiger Woods has completed arguably one of the greatest comebacks in sport, winning the Tour Championship in Atlanta just 19 months after spinal fusion surgery.

The former world No.1 has endured four back surgeries since he last won on the PGA Tour in August 2013, and saw his world ranking plummet to 1,199 just last season.

Woods entered the final day with a three shot lead, shooting a final round 71 to record a two stroke victory over Billy Horschel, making the walk up the 18th fairway with the huge crowd chanting his name.

His 80th win on the PGA Tour moves him to within two of Sam Snead’s all time record of 82 PGA Tour victories.

“It was just a grind out there, and I loved every bit of it,” Woods said on NBC immediately after the round.

“At the beginning of the year (winning) was a tall order, but as the year progressed, I proved that I could play, and I found a swing, and I knew I could do it again.

At times since his last win Woods has been crippled by back pain, unable to even walk, let alone play sport at the highest level.

For those that take just a passing interest in golf, the last time they saw Woods would have been following his DUI arrest in May 2017. The images of a dazed-looking Woods posing for a police mugshot revealed a once-great athlete who had fallen from grace, the toxicology report showing the 18-time major champion with a cocktail of painkillers in his system.

Tiger birdies 13th at Tour Championship

The 42-year-old appeared to be overcome with emotion at one point as the victory appeared inevitable, no doubt recalling the dark times in recent years when it appeared he was finished as a force on the PGA Tour.

“All of a sudden it started hitting me that I was going to win the tournament, and I started tearing up a little bit.

“I just can’t believe I pulled this off after the seasons I’ve gone through.

“It’s been tough.”

Jason Day was the leading Australian in 18th spot at -2, while Cameron Smith finished at even and Marc Leishman at +1.

World No.1 Justin Rose took out the $13.8m FedEx Cup, with his fourth place finish enough to leave him at the top of the season-long standings.

More to come.

Tiger Woods has completed arguably one of the greatest comebacks in sport, winning the Tour Championship in Atlanta just 19 months after spinal fusion surgery.

The former world No.1 has endured four back surgeries since he last won on the PGA Tour in August 2013, and saw his world ranking plummet to 1,199 just last season.

Woods entered the final day with a three shot lead, shooting a final round 71 to record a two stroke victory over Billy Horschel, making the walk up the 18th fairway with the huge crowd chanting his name.

His 80th win on the PGA Tour moves him to within two of Sam Snead’s all time record of 82 PGA Tour victories.

“It was just a grind out there, and I loved every bit of it,” Woods said on NBC immediately after the round.

“At the beginning of the year (winning) was a tall order, but as the year progressed, I proved that I could play, and I found a swing, and I knew I could do it again.

At times since his last win Woods has been crippled by back pain, unable to even walk, let alone play sport at the highest level.

For those that take just a passing interest in golf, the last time they saw Woods would have been following his DUI arrest in May 2017. The images of a dazed-looking Woods posing for a police mugshot revealed a once-great athlete who had fallen from grace, the toxicology report showing the 18-time major champion with a cocktail of painkillers in his system.

Tiger birdies 13th at Tour Championship

The 42-year-old appeared to be overcome with emotion at one point as the victory appeared inevitable, no doubt recalling the dark times in recent years when it appeared he was finished as a force on the PGA Tour.

“All of a sudden it started hitting me that I was going to win the tournament, and I started tearing up a little bit.

“I just can’t believe I pulled this off after the seasons I’ve gone through.

“It’s been tough.”

Jason Day was the leading Australian in 18th spot at -2, while Cameron Smith finished at even and Marc Leishman at +1.

World No.1 Justin Rose took out the $13.8m FedEx Cup, with his fourth place finish enough to leave him at the top of the season-long standings.

More to come.

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