Tiger Woods wins for the first time in more than five years to claim USPGA Tour Championship

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American Golf legend, Tiger Woods, has won the 2018 Tour Championship in Atlanta after 5 years of no win. This was his 80th on the PGA Tour.

Woods completed one of the greatest comebacks in sport! It was a day that many thought might never happen again and thousands of Woods’ delirious fans spilled onto the 18th fairway to follow their idol to the green after his approach found a greenside bunker.

The 42-year-old who struggled with career-threatening back injuries before his comeback parred the last hole to shoot 1-over-par 70 and beat Billy Horschel by two strokes at the East Lake Golf Club, Atlanta, on Sunday night.

“At the beginning of the year [winning] was a tall order, but as the year progressed and I proved that I could play and I found a swing and put pieces together I knew I could do it again,” Woods told Golf Channel.

“I was having a hard time not crying on that last hole. I said, ‘Hey I could still blade this thing out of bounds’.

“Once I got the ball on the green I gave Joey [La Cava, his caddie] a high five because it was was done and I could handle that from there.”

In a last-ditch bid to save his career, Woods underwent spinal fusion surgery in April last year and was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence the following month when he was found asleep at the wheel of his car.

The 42-year-old, who had five prescription drugs in his system, later pleaded guilty to reckless driving, underwent a diversion programme and spent 11 months on probation, returning to competitive golf at the end of November by admitting he was “winging it” as he waited to see if his fused back would hold up.

“I’ve been in bed for about two years and haven’t been able to do much,” Woods revealed ahead of the Hero World Challenge, where he would finish ninth in the 18-man field.

To anyone who had watched Woods become a shadow of his former self in recent years, this win is surely a big surprise.

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