Tiger Wins First Event In 5 Years
He entered the 2018 PGA Tour Season outside of the top 650 golfers in the world. He ended it with a wire-to-wire victory in golf's season finale. Few sports moments are more iconic than a red polo Sunday and a raised putter finish. The nostalgia is real.
It's been five years since Tiger Woods won a PGA event. 1,876 days to be exact. Four back surgeries had the golf legend unsure if he'd ever play again. The 2018 PGA Tour season was a weekly repeat of the same question: "Is this the weekend Tiger finally gets a win?" After six top-10 finishes in 17 events, the final event of the year finally answered that question with a resounding yes. It was Tiger's 80th Tour victory.
The PGA Tour Championship at East Lake was Tiger's tournament from start to finish. After a 5-under Thursday, 2-under Friday, and 5-under Saturday, Woods entered Sunday at 12-under with a 4-stroke cushion.
Tiger went 1-under on the front nine as he watched the competition slide. At 13-under with nine to play, the only person who could beat Tiger was himself. He bogeyed back-to-back holes on 16 and 17, but piped his 18th tee shot down the center of the fairway... and what followed was truly amazing.
A Gallery for Greatness
Tiger's second shot found the bunker, but his lead was secure. As Woods approached the 18th green, the gallery surrounded him. A gallery that continued to grow with every step. A gallery unlike any seen in golf.
Chants of "Ti-ger, Ti-ger, Ti-ger" filled the Atlanta air. Woods said he had to hold back tears.
Tiger chipped out of the bunker to within seven feet. He left his birdie putt a cup left, then tapped it in.
"I appreciate it a little bit more than I did because I don't take it for granted that I'm going to have another decade, two decades in my future of playing golf at this level,'' Woods said. "It means a lot more to me now in that sense because I didn't know if I'd ever be out here playing again, doing this again.''
Rose Wins FedEx Cup
Justin Rose shot a 3-over 73 that quickly took him out of the conversation for the PGA Tour Championship, but he birdied the 18th hole to secure the FedEx Cup, golf's season-long title, and a $10 million prize. Had Rose shot par the 18th, Woods would have won both the PGA Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup.