Published: Thu, September 27, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Tiger Woods Wins First Golf Tournament Since 4 Back Surgeries

Tiger Woods Wins First Golf Tournament Since 4 Back Surgeries

It had been five long years (and one month) since Woods-arguably the most famous athlete on the planet-won a tournament; but it likely made Sunday's triumph at the Tour Championship that much sweeter, with the 42-year-old Woods cruising to a two-stroke win at historic East Lake Golf Club.

The two most exciting players of their respective generations will go head to head in the final round of the season's last tournament after a thrilling day three at the Tour Championship in Atlanta.

The only disappointment - a minor one under the circumstances - was realizing as he came down the 18th that Rose had made birdie to finish in a three-way tie for fourth, which gave him the FedEx Cup and the $10 million bonus. Had Rose not birdied the last, Woods would have won his third FedEx title. He has had the Nike logo on his shirt and hat during most if not all tournaments. I don't know, 20 years ago, hell, I thought I was going to play for another 30 years. "I think obviously for me this year it rewarded consistent golf".

"It was insane out there for sure, but it's fun", Rose said of playing with Woods. "Just considering where I've been, what I've had to dig through and fight through and the amount of help I've had to have to get myself to this point". My body was a wreck. Forget about golf. He never knew what was on the other side of his rehab. "It's been a very evolving kind of feeling and journey".

Woods entered the final round of play with a three-shot lead over Justin Rose and Rory McIlroy.

But neither put on any pressure. He finished T-6 at the British Open - he was briefly in the lead on the back nine - then staged a back-nine charge at the PGA Championship that shook the grounds at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis.

It marks a remarkable return to the top for Woods, who was ranked world number 1,199 less than a year ago after having spinal fusion surgery.

Despite his early five-stroke lead, Woods still left fans with a nail-biting finish, carrying a two-stroke lead walking to the 18th hole.

"I just can't believe I pulled this off", an emotional Tiger Woods said of the win.

"He's had so many injuries, so much drama, just a lot of stuff surrounding him, and he's been close a few times", he said.

The California-native has struggled both on and off the golf course since winning his 79th PGA title in Akron, Ohio, in 2013. We all have been kind of expecting it.

"I was beyond playing". It doesn't matter who it is I'm playing with.

For all their achievements, 2013 U.S. Open champion Rose and four-times major victor McIlroy know that beating Woods would be a career highlight.

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