Tiger Woods ends five-year win drought with Tour Championship title

Two jaw-dropping stats show why Tiger Woods is a lock to win Sunday

After winning five times in 2013, Woods had started just 24 events in the next four years as the pain from his back often left him grimacing in pain or forced to withdraw from events entirely, most recently after an opening 77 in Dubai in February 2017, where he struggled to climb out of a bunker.

Tiger Woods reacts to win the Tour Championship golf tournament at East Lake Golf Club.

As Woods walked to the 18th green, the gathered crowd began to bleed onto the course, chanting Tiger's name and "USA! USA!"

"I was having a hard time not crying on the last hole", he told the Golf Channel.

'I hadn't won any tournaments which they can remember, so I think this will be a little bit different for them. "Just considering where I've been, what I've had to dig through and fight through, the amount of help I had to have to get to this point".

Written off by most, few would now bet against him beating Sam Snead's record of 82 PGA Tour wins or adding to his haul of 14 Major wins before he retires.

He was thrilled to be healthy again, recovered from the spinal damage that derailed his transcendent career, forcing four operations over three years and long absences from competitive golf, including virtually all of 2016 and '17. It was Johnson who unveiled red shirts at the Ryder Cup two years ago in the team room that said, "Make Tiger Great Again". 'At the beginning of the year this was a tall order but I proved I could progress and put it together'. I've gotten very lucky.

"It was a grind out there, " Woods said.

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"It was just a grind out there but I loved every minute of it", Woods said. It's been tough. It's not been easy the past couple of years. When Woods returned to competition in December, he was rated No. 1,199 in the world.

They had to feel it, touch it, see if with their own eyes.

2016 - Misses all four major championships in a season for the first time in his career.

Rose birdied the 18th at East Lake for a 73 to finish on six under and seal the top-five finish he needed to win the $10m (£7.6m) bonus on offer as FedEx Cup champion. Tiger finished 11-under for his first PGA Tour win since 2013.

Tiger Woods has a five-shot lead and is nine holes away from his first victory in more than five years. He walked away as the victor of the 2018 Tour Championship.

"I've got a three-shot lead".

The 42-year-old was warmly embraced by his playing partner Rory McIlroy after winning for the first time in 1,877 days.

Mickelson meanwhile said he is looking forward to joining up with Woods for this week's Ryder Cup in Versailles, despite a disappointing showing in Atlanta which saw him finish on 13 over par.

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