Tiger Woods reveals delight at kids watching PGA Championship win
24 September, 2018, 20:09 | Author: Hannah Francis
Tiger capped one of the most remarkable individual comebacks in sporting history with a victory at the Tour Championship on Monday (AEST), his 80th PGA Tour title.
The 42-year-old appeared to be overcome with emotion at one point during his final round at East Lake Golf Club as the victory appeared inevitable, no doubt recalling the dark times in recent years when it appeared he was finished as a force on the PGA Tour.
For a while it looked like the American might also win the FedEx Cup before Justin Rose's late birdie on the 18th ensured a T4 finish to maintain his spot atop of the overall standings.
He'd done it 79 previous times, but Tiger Woods says No. 80 is pretty special.
Sometime, somewhere, Woods must've questioned if he would ever be able to do it again.
He started the final round at 12-under, three shots ahead of Rory McIlroy, who grew up idolizing Tiger, and Justin Rose. Woods said, smiling. "You can't clap when you've got a cellphone in your hand, so people yell". He slowed down on the back nine, making just a single birdie, doing well after leaving a chip shot short at the 16th to make a bogey and failing to birdie the 18th. If I could somehow piece together a golf swing this year, I felt like I could do it.
Nicklaus, who ended a two-year barren run by winning the 1980 US Open, was himself delighted to see Woods back at the pinnacle of the sport, tweeting: 'My congratulations to @TigerWoods on winning the @playofffinale! As USA Today notes, it was Woods' first win since 2013-or more precisely, in 1,876 days.
Woods is now close to taking the PGA Tour title record, claiming his 80th, and coming close to Sam Snead's all-time record of 82 tour titles. In September 2018 he revealed that his back problems surfaced during the 2012 Ryder Cup and forced him to miss a session for the first time.
Woods, who returned in January after missing nearly the entire previous two years with a debilitating back injury, held a three-shot advantage heading into the final round.
"But once I got the ball on the green I gave (caddie) Joey (LaCava) a high five because it was done".
2016 - In April, he plays his first stretch of holes in eight months at a golf course opening in Montgomery, Texas.
"I am sure there would be room somewhere in the house if I happened to go on and win this event", he said.
Tiger Woods has won his first professional golf tournament in more than five years. Then, last year, Woods was hit with a DUI charge.
Woods did most of the work for this one Thursday through Saturday, when he made over 300 feet of putts and posted scores of 65-68-65.
At his last Ryder Cup, in 2012 in Medinah, Ill., Woods finished 0-3-1 in his matches.
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