Tiger's journey from last-chance saloon to Tour victor once more


As Tiger Woods strode down the 18th fairway at at Atlanta's East Lake club, thousands of baying fans following close behind, the world of golf and beyond was once again in thrall to the USA star.

Resplendent in Sunday red yet not necessarily at his peak, Woods ground out his first win since August, 2013 before an enormous crowd at East Lakes, fighting back tears as he made his way up the 18 hole with a two-shot lead.

Tiger Woods admitted he was struggling to deal with his emotions late on his way to a first win in more than five years at the Tour Championship. "If I could somehow piece together a golf swing this year, I felt like I could do it. somehow I've been able to do that, and here we are".

Tiger Woods is a victor!

From tee to green there has been both accuracy and the same power as in his previous life; on the PGA Tour all season he ranks seventh in shots gained tee to green and first on shots gained approach-the-green.

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.

Then again, it was not an unexpected reaction given what Woods has meant to the game of golf _ to the entire sporting world, really.

Woods, who started the final day with a three-shot lead, captivated euphoric fans with a blast from the pas to seal a long-awaited win after undergoing four back surgeries since 2014. And once I got the ball onto the green, then the tournament was over. I've seen the way he's been swinging the club and the way he's been playing.

Woods created some tense moments down the stretch with back-to-back bogeys on Nos. Tiger finished 11-under for his first PGA Tour win since 2013. It also leaves him two short of Sam Snead's record of 82 tour wins, and puts him at No. 13 in the world rankings after starting his comeback at No. 1,199.

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Woods still had an outside shot at the FedEx Cup if he were to win, though he would need Rose to post a big number on the back nine. The following week he pulls out of the European Tour's Dubai Desert Classic before the second round, citing back spasms.

"All I can do is worry about myself, " McIlroy said.

And only a dramatic birdie on the 72nd hole from Rose prevented Woods from claiming the overall FedEx Cup title as well.

'To be able to have shared what I did with them at The Open this year, I had a chance, I had the lead.

"I didn't want to get run over", Woods said with a laugh.

Herman can often be seen supporting Woods around the world as he competes.

Swarm: The gallery engulfs Woods as he and Rory McIlroy walk up the 18th hole.

Woods will now turn his attention to the Ryder Cup, which takes place next week in France.