It’s been a long time coming but Tiger Woods is finally back with a bang, ending a five year wait for victory after winning the Tour Championship by two shots.
Emotions ran high as the former world number one secured his first win since the WGC Bridgestone Invitational back in 2013, setting him up nicely for the Ryder Cup which begins on Friday. He’s looked rejuvenated since he made his comeback, and now he’s finally found that finishing touch.
The Tour Championship victory now means that Woods has won a total of 80 PGA titles, with only Sam Snead having more to his name. With Snead now only two ahead of Woods, he will undoubtedly be determined for more PGA successes over the coming years as he looks to become the best golfer on the PGA Tour of all time. It’s been a truly remarkable turnaround for the 42-year-old, especially as he was world number 1,199 after spinal fusion surgery less than 12 months ago.
Tiger’s fans and even golfing neutrals have been willing the American onto success since his form began to pick up following his comeback, and as he made his way to the green at East Lake Golf Club to wrap up proceedings, thousands followed and chanted in support of one of the game’s greats. Woods duly delivered as he made par, completing a final round of 71 at 11 under par in total. He raised his arms aloft in celebration as emotion began to take over with his drought finally coming to an end.
Speaking about his victory Woods said, “I was having a hard time not crying on that last hole,” which shows you just how difficult a journey he has been on over these last few years. With problems in his personal life, as well as a severe back issue, it’s really taken something special from one of sport’s most iconic individuals to even make it back out onto the course. Nobody would have predicted Woods would have secured a PGA victory inside the first year of his comeback, with Woods stating, “I just can’t believe I’ve pulled this off.”
You could say that as time went on and Woods acclimatised to being back out there playing competitively, he became more comfortable and confident, which led him to the point he’s at right now. In a way, Woods has played some great gold over the last few months, but he’s just lacked that finishing touch, but it looks to elude him no more. On his progress Woods said, “At the beginning of the year, it was a tall order but as the year progressed I proved I could play, I knew I could do it again.”
Attentions have now quickly turned to the Ryder Cup in Paris which begins on Friday. Woods couldn’t have hoped for anything better than taking a victory into the tournament, another one where he will be on the world stage and determined to show everyone that Tiger Woods is back, and that he’s out to reclaim his crown as the number one golfer in the world.