Golf: Tiger Woods wins Tour Championship for first title since 2013

  • 24/09/2018

Tiger Woods has completed his remarkable return from injury with a victory at the Tour Championship, his 80th US PGA Tour title.

The 14-time major champion and overnight leader closed with a one-over-par 71 at Atlanta's East Lake Golf Club and at 11 under he finished two shots ahead of runner-up Billy Horschel (66).       

It is Woods' first victory worldwide since the 2013 WGC-Bridgestone and his 80th PGA Tour title moves him to second on the all-time list behind Sam Snead (82).

Having sat on the sidelines for 10 months last year while recovering from spinal fusion surgery and facing the possibility of never playing golf again, former world number one Woods' ranking plummeted to 1,199 in November.

But the 42-year-old tapped in for par at the par-5 18th at East Lake Golf Club to earn a storybook win that will propel Woods eight spots to world number 13. 

Woods marched up the 72nd hole with rock concert scenes unfolding behind him as thousands of fans ignored security and police officers to walk the fairway and soak up the occasion.

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

"Just had to suck it up and hit shots. Loved every bit of it.

"[At the] Beginning of the year that certainly seemed a tall order but as the year progressed, I proved that I could play. I found a swing and put some pieces together and I knew I could do it again."

Englishman Justin Rose birdied the final hole to secure the overall FedEx Cup title and the $US10 million ($NZ15m) prize that comes with it. 

Meanwhile, Kiwi Ryan Fox finished in a share of 27th at the European Tour's Portugal Masters in Albufueira.


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