Tiger Woods holds back tears before claiming Tour Championship


Not bad for a 42-year-old with four back surgeries who returned to competition in December at No. 1,199 in the world.

An emotional Tiger Woods struggled to comprehend how he had pulled off one of the greatest comebacks in sport with victory in the season-ending Tour Championship amid fantastic scenes in Atlanta. It is his 80th victory on the PGA Tour, but his first since the 2013 Bridgestone Invitational. "My hands are good enough, and I just didn't know if I could piece together a golf swing".

In a last-ditch bid to save his career, Woods underwent spinal fusion surgery in April a year ago and was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence the following month when he was found asleep at the wheel of his vehicle.

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 14-time major victor signaled that he had turned a corner after years of pain and disappointment.

"I would love to win this event. It's just hard to believe I won the Tour Championship".

Woods triumphed Sunday as throngs of excited golf fans followed him from hole to hole. "It was just a matter of time before he does win". Rose's 18-hole birdie gave him a tie for fourth and shut down the Tour Championship winner's hopes of another FedEx Cup title.

Tiger Woods holds back tears before claiming Tour Championship
Tiger Woods holds back tears before claiming Tour Championship

In that sense his victory in the Tour Championship came as no surprise, but for anyone who had watched Woods become a shadow of his former self in recent years, surprise - or even amazement - would be a completely understandable reaction.

"It's certainly up there with obviously all the major championships I've won, Players, World Golf Championships".

He won even though he surrendered three-fifths of the five-shot lead he carried through much of the day, a lead so gaping it appeared he could have finished up tidily using a wooden spoon and a spatula.

The win for Woods, who is part of the United States team for next week's Ryder Cup in France, means he is now two short of Sam Snead's all-time PGA Tour title record of 82.

Then came a save from the rough at the par-4 No. 17, which Woods would tout as "a lot bigger than people think".

Well, that lengthy drought is no more, as Woods added to his trophy case by winning the 2018 Tour Championship.

The next stop for Woods is to board a plane with the rest of his USA teammates for France and the Ryder Cup.

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