Tiger Woods has won the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Course in Atlanta, Georgia.
The win represents Woods’ first PGA Tour victory since 2013 at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational. The win is also Woods’ 80th career PGA title.
Before clinching the victory, Woods was followed to the 18th hole by the largest throng of fans to ever accompany a golfer to the final hole:
It’s been 1,876 days since Tiger Woods last won a tournament —He did today. AMAZING comeback. And if you think that Tiger doesn’t move the TV meter, you would be wrong. He IS the meter. I mean look at this !! pic.twitter.com/R6WV2Koo4n
— Bob Pompeani (@KDPomp) September 23, 2018
“Golf doesn’t need Tiger Woods…”
— Kazeem Famuyide (@RealLifeKaz) September 23, 2018
Congratulations to @TigerWoods . Such a brilliant win today—more than 1,800 days after his last one, and one that generates excitement in so many places.Just look at the scene on 18. And congrats to @JustinRose99 for the @FedEx cup on the basis of an impressive season performance pic.twitter.com/N03HnjpdoT
— Mohamed A. El-Erian (@elerianm) September 23, 2018
Tiger sealed the deal with a short putt on the 18:
— Tim Dennis (@TDennisSportTog) September 23, 2018
According to UPI:
Woods shot a 1-over-par 71 at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta to claim his first victory since the 2013 Bridgestone Invitational. It was his 80th win on the PGA Tour.
‘I loved every bit of it,’ Woods told NBC Sports after the round. ‘The fight and the grind and the tough conditions. Just have to suck it up and hit shots. Loved every bit of it.’
Woods entered the final round of play with a three-shot lead over Justin Rose and Rory McIlroy. He extended that lead to five strokes over Rose after a first-hole birdie, while Rose bogeyed the fifth hole.
After Woods capped off the 18th hole with a par, he raised his arms up in an emotional moment.
‘It was a hard time not crying coming up the last hole,’ Woods told reporters. ‘But I said, ‘Hey, you know, I can still play this thing out of bounds, so let’s suck it up and let’s hit some shots here.’ But once I got the ball on the green, I gave [caddie] Joey [LaCava] a high-five, because it was done. I can handle that from here.’
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