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Tiger Woods wins Tour Championship, picks up first title since 2013

Tiger Woods is the 2018 TOUR Championship winner Tiger Woods is the 2018 TOUR Championship winner
Kristopher Love | 24 September, 2018, 05:38

Just last month, Woods, a 14-time major victor who averaged six tour titles a year from 1999 to 2007, said he viewed this season as one of the finest of his career, because as 2018 began, "I didn't know what I was going to do, I just didn't have a clue". And he has never coughed up a lead of three shots or more.

"I felt hot early for sure", Woods said.

The win for Woods, who is part of the United States team for next week's Ryder Cup in France, means he is now two short of Sam Snead's all-time PGA Tour title record of 82.

"But somehow I've been able to do that, and here we are". Woods has been money with third-round leads, especially of 3 shots or more.

One thousand eight hundred seventy-six days later, not to mention the 268 Sundays tucked in there, he emerged through the roped-in chute around quarter to 6 p.m. Sunday and turned leftward up to the 18th tee, and it seemed nearly like olden days.

However, Woods has threatened to end his woes in 2018, finishing runner up at both the Valspar Invitational and PGA Championship so far this year.

Woods won the Tour Championship, the last event of the FedEx Cup playoffs, for his first victory since 2013. Onlookers packed three-, four- and 10-deep at the ropes, their T-shirts bearing slogans such as "The Return", and "He's Back", and "If Anyone Can", plus the familiar "Make Sunday Great Again". "Sometimes it works but it just feels very familiar to me". "I started tearing up a little bit", Woods said. Heavy rain left the course playing easy, and Woods was one of the players to take advantage of the conditions.

The 42-year-old returned to golf this season after missing most of the previous two years with a debilitating back injury.

"I just can't believe I pulled this off", added a visibly emotional Woods during the presentation ceremony.

"I had a hard time not crying coming up that last hole."

"I said, 'Hey, you know what, I can still blade this thing out of bounds so just had to suck it up and let's hit some shots.' Once I got the ball on the green, I gave [caddie] Joey LaCava a high five because it was done".