This Is The Best Photo From Tiger Woods’ Epic Win Today

ASSOCIATED PRESS           Tiger Woods hits from the third tee during the final round of the Tour Championship golf tournament today in Atlanta

Tossing aside five years of career-threatening injury woes, Woods reasserted his status as the best frontrunner in the history of the sport, leading throughout the final round and finishing at 11-under-par 269 at East Lake.

It was the 14-time major winner's first victory since 2013, and the 80th of his career.

It wasn't quite enough to secure the FedEx Cup and its accompanying $10m prize as Justin Rose birdied the 18th to claim first spot in the overall play-off structure by a whisker.

The performance also helped Woods move from 20th to second in the final FedEx Cup standings. 'It's the flawless place for me to open my campaign, ' he said in January, 'but the landscape has shifted dramatically.

The 42-year-old finished two shots clear of Billy Horschel and said: "I had to suck it up and hit some shots".

Had Rose not picked up a shot at the last, Woods would have taken the FedExCup as well, although that was hardly an issue for the American, who now seems odds-on to surpass Snead's record for tour victories.

McIlroy, 29, won the Arnold Palmer Invitational earlier this year - Woods tied for fifth - but has been mostly frustrated of late, unable to get the most out of his game.




"I never dreamed @TigerWoods could come back and swing the way he has, after surgery".

Woods, who returned in January after missing nearly the entire previous two years with a debilitating back injury, held a three-shot advantage heading into the final round. Even if Woods isn't as intimidating a playing partner as he once was, he's never lost when starting the final round with a three-shot edge.

"It's just hard to believe I've won the Tour Championship".

The man himself will tell you it is not even the greatest comeback in golf, let alone sport as a whole, citing instead Ben Hogan's recovery from a near-fatal vehicle crash.

A year ago, there was no guarantee anyone would see much of Woods, much less Woods winning. You knew he was going to win soon, and this week he did it.

"It's not been so easy the past couple of years but I couldn't have done it without the people around me". "Pops would be very proud of the way I went out today", he said.

"Beginning of the year, that was a tall order (expecting to win) but as the year progressed I proved I could play", he said. Tiger is a great player, and he's made a great comeback.

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