Woods takes three-shot lead at Tour Championship

Tiger Woods

On Sunday, at the Tour Championship in Atlanta, it came in what was once typical Tiger fashion.

Woods led throughout the final round and finished at 11-under-par 269 at East Lake, where he carded a closing 71 for his 80th PGA Tour victory.

With it becoming crystal clear that his long-awaited victory was imminent, an absolutely wild scene formed on the course.

"I've still got, I feel like, a chance to play some more golf and maybe I'll keep chipping away at that number and maybe surpass it". Jason Day was the best of them in 18 place, Cameron Smith was 20 and Marc Leishman 21.

"I would love to be able to win this event; I've got a three-shot lead but a bunch of guys behind me are playing well; we'll see what happens tomorrow", he said.

Englishman Justin Rose finished fourth to win the 15 million dollar bonus as the season long points race victor.

Justin Rose's birdie on the final hole Sunday of the Tour Championship gave him the FedEx Cup and the $10 million bonus that goes with it. His flop shot didn't get up the hill and rolled back toward him, and his next pitch was a bump-and-run played to perfection that kept him from another double bogey.

The victory was Woods's first since his win at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in August 2013.

The Tour Championship win made him the 13th ranked golfer in the world, at age 42.

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"I started tearing up a little bit", Woods said. My hands are good enough, and I just didn't know if I could piece together a golf swing.

He bogeyed the 10th but responded with a birdie three holes later but two consecutive bogeys from the 15th had fans nervous.

Stuck in those five years are multiple back surgeries, an embarrassing DUI arrest and an admission that he wasn't sure if he would ever play again.

He had flirted with victory several times this year, mounting thrilling late charges that enraptured galleries but ultimately fizzled.

Woods was in the greenside bunker, but splashed out and two putted for par before raising up his arms triumphantly in the air while the crowds chanted his name.

At one point this year, Woods was asked in a news conference if a win for him this year would complete one of the greatest comebacks in all of sports.

But within four months of telling fans he could not hit a ball 60 yards, he rejoined the PGA tour, and soon after that, earned his spot on the Ryder Cup team.

Kyle Stanley and Spain's Jon Rahm are a further three shots back on six under, six strokes behind Woods. It's not just the quantity of wins for Woods, but the quality of tournaments Woods has been victorious at. "We all knew it was just a matter of time".

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