Tiger Woods: I was close to tears on the last hole


Tiger Woods earned his first PGA Tour victory since 2013 with a two-shot Tour Championship triumph and Justin Rose won the FedEx Cup at East Lake on Sunday.

The other big victor was world No 1 Justin Rose, who needed to birdie the par five 18th hole to win the $10 million bonus for the FedEx Cup - and gutsily managed it. You know, I've explained throughout the year that I just didn't know whether - when this would ever happen again.

Tiger Woods has done it again.

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

The greatest player of all time was fearful of even sitting in a golf cart to watch others play the President's Cup, because the bumps gave him so much pain.

With the remainder of the 30-man field struggling to make any inroads, Woods then played solid if unspectacular golf to keep a stranglehold on the lead.

Woods started out with a three-shot lead Sunday in the Tour Championship, and it took only four holes for him to stretch the lead to five over Justin Rose. I couldn't have done it without the help of all the people around me. He made a comeback with a birdie at No. 13 and had consecutive bogeys during the 15th and 16th holes.

Woods' resurgence is good news for the PGA Tour, which has reported bumper crowds flocking to the course as Woods stands on the cusp of returning to his winning ways.

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Woods' last tournament victory came in August 2013 at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational.

He will head to France this week for the Ryder Cup back somewhere near the peak of his powers, and with Sam Snead's record of 82 US Tour victories in his immediate sights.

April 1, 2014: Woods announces he will miss the Masters for the first time in his career after undergoing microdiscectomy surgery on a pinched nerve in his back after being advised to do so for his "immediate and long-term health". "I've been sitting on 79 for about five years now", he said, "and to get 80 is a pretty damned good feeling". "It was special to see them".

Woods would have won his third FedEx title if Rose had not birdied that last hole.

"Tiger's played so well on a very hard golf course and we nearly kind of expected it. That's what this represents for me is the consistency that I've had this year, the amount of top 10s that I've had, the ability - the fact that I was able to at least keep that form going through the playoffs, obviously finishing with three top-5s". The points ended with Rose No. 1, followed by Woods, DeChambeau, Johnson and Billy Horschel.

'I said, yeah, I just didn't have the tight trousers and the hair. Then, as McIlroy finished up, and before Woods would tap in for par, tap the putter to the ground and raise his arms, he would ward off emotion as he claimed to realize at last one towering "at last".

"It was just a grind out there, I loved every bit of it", Woods said after the win.