Tiger Woods a victor again for 1st time since 2013

Virginia Santiago
September 25, 2018

The American, 42, shot a one-over 71 in Atlanta for his 80th PGA Tour title.

Less than a year ago the 14-time Major victor found himself at 1,199 in the world rankings after having spinal fusion surgery. "But this is under different circumstances", he said. "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". A lot of times they equated golf to pain because every time I did it, I would hurt, and it would cause me more pain. In an interview after the celebrations, Woods admitted his delight that his children, daughter Sam (11) and son Charlie (9), saw him become a champion.

"I had a hard time not crying on the last hole", Woods told NBC.

Woods held a five-shot lead going into the final hour holes, but back-to-back bogeys - including a narrow miss with the water on 15 - threatened to unravel his bid for a first title since the WGC Bridgestone Invitational in August 2013.

I've got a bunch of guys behind me who are playing well.

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Woods, widely regarded as one of the greatest golfers in the world, has been an influential figure for the sport with his star appeal and multi-million dollar endorsements.

He came into the final day of the tournament - the last of four FedEx Cup play-off events - with a three-shot lead over Rose and Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy, who faded from contention with a four-over 74 to finish on five under in tied seventh.

Woods was also in a relationship with Kristin Smith from 2015 to 2017.

Woods delivered the ideal ending to his unbelievable return from four back surgeries on Sunday with a performance that felt like the old days.

"Despite an influx of talented young players in recent years, golf just hasn't been the same since Woods went away, his brilliant career derailed by debilitating injuries and personal demons", wrote Paul Newberry, sports columnist for the Associated Press news agency.

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Woods won for the first time in more than five years.

Actually, it started on Saturday, when Woods began his third round with a barrage of birdies.

First, though, it's the Ryder Cup.

'I think they understand a little bit of what dad does now, ' Woods said.

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