Tiger Woods finally breaks through and tastes victory again

Laverne Mann
September 24, 2018

By the time the summer rolled around, he was in the mix at the major championships.

To the current generation of star players - Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas, Brooks Koepka - he has been a hero of childhood rather than a live rival, a trailblazer who has made them all an very bad lot of money by thrilling so many others a decade and more ago.

"Good Lord", Woods said afterwards. "In yesterday's final round, he was methodical and consistent and dominant - the way he used to be". He finished second. Sunday ratings for the season's last major jumped 69%.

Woods brought it all to life over four days at East Lake, and the players who have taken turns at No. 1 during his absence caught the full brunt of it. Rory McIlroy faded early. Nearly everything went his way.

He kept winning though, racking up five victories in 2013 before his back failed him. Recomposed, he stuck it to within four feet and saved par.

"From one goat (greatest of all time) to another I can only imagine what @TigerWoods is feeling today", tweeted Michael Phelps, the most successful athlete in Olympic history. "Tiger! Tiger! Tiger!" the people shouted.

A birdie from Justin Rose prevented Woods winning the overall FedEx Cup title as well, with Rose going home with the £7.6m bonus. That might be the only time a $10 million prize was the footnote to a story. Had Rose not birdied the last, Woods would have won his third FedEx title.

"It's been tough. I've had a not-so-easy last couple of years", he said.

2017 - Undergoes lumbar fusion surgery in April.

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2017 - Arrested after being found asleep at the wheel of his parked auto in Florida in May. Woods had five different drugs in his system. He later sought professional help to manage his medication.

"All I can do is worry about myself, " McIlroy said. The surgeries made it hard for him to move around and lift his kids. Not knowing what was on the other side. The result exceeded everyone's prognosis, and now create even more fevered expectations.

And there is Muhammad Ali, who sacrificed his best years for a far nobler cause than lonely waitresses and came back to win his world title in a way that is rightly lauded to this day.

The next stop for Woods is to board a plane with the rest of his USA teammates for France and the Ryder Cup this week. His back, however, was bothering him that weekend. His presence should energize the Americans. Woods also won at East Lake in 2007, having won at Champions Golf Club in 1999. Pandemonium trailed them, as hundreds of fans poured onto the fairway to witness Woods clinch the victory.

One chip and two putts later, Tiger would seal the victory.

"But somehow I've been able to do that, and here we are".

"A bogey at No. 16 put me behind the eight ball". He tried not to tear up on the green.

It felt like a coronation coming down the 18th green, his second shot to the par 5 safely in a bunker in front of the green.

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