Mon, Sep 24, 11:37am by Staff Writer
Former world number one Tiger Woods has claimed his first Tour win in five years, winning the lucrative Tour Championship by two shots in Atlanta on Monday morning (AEST).
It has been a stunning career comeback for Woods, who had four back surgeries, one as recently as April 2017, with the 42-year-old doubtful to feature as prominently as he has on Tour this season.
Woods has been close to triumph in tournaments during the latter half of the season, performing well in The Open and PGA Championship but falling short.
The crowd at East Lake were in a boisterous mood as they followed Woods en masse to the 18th hole, producing one of the most spectacular scenes on the fairway in the history of the sport.
Woods had a five-shot lead midway through the final round, adding to his three-shot buffer ahead of Justin Rose and Rory McIlroy at the end of the third round.
Monday morning’s win was Woods’ 80th on the PGA Tour and he is just two wins behind all-time Tour leader Sam Snead.
It was Justin Rose who was the first to buckle, with a three-putt bogey on the ninth hole cruelled his chances of victory.
Rose eventually finished in a tie for fourth on six-under par.
The world number one’s back nine was horrendous, carding three more bogeys to fade late in the event.
It wasn’t all bad news for Rose, who won the FedEx Cup and a $US10 million payday after being the most consistent player across a number of FedEx Cup playoff events this season.
A birdie on the 18th hole secured victory and a handy prize for the Englishman.
The leaderboard in Atlanta was dominated by American golfers, with Billy Horschel and Dustin Johnson finishing the top three.
The weekend’s results bode well for the United States ahead of the Ryder Cup against Europe this weekend.
The United States has shortened to $1.68 favourites on the back of Woods’ victory, with Europe priced at $2.31 to lift the Ryder Cup.
Jason Day produced a two-under final round score to card a two-under score for the tournament, while Cameron Smith finished with an even-par score.
Marc Leishman rounded out the Australian’s at the event with one-over.
Ryder Cup Odds
Europe $2.31 United States $1.68
Top USA Points Scorer
Dustin Johnson $5.50
Brooks Koepka $6
Justin Thomas $6.50
Jordan Spieth $7.50
Patrick Reed $8.50
Top European Points Scorer
Justin Rose $5.50
Rory McIlroy $5.50
Tommy Fleetwood $8
Francesco Molinari $9
Jon Rahm $9
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