Incredible Comeback for Tiger Woods: He Wins the Tour Championship

Tiger Woods

That was AP senior writer Doug Ferguson's apt description as thousands of golf fans swarmed the 18th hole as Woods clinched his first PGA Tour win in five years in the Tour Championship at East Lake in Atlanta on Sunday (Monday NZ time).

The 14-time major victor secured a two-stroke victory at East Lake on Sunday, claiming a first PGA Tour success since the 2013 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

On the 520-yard par-4 14th hole, Woods reached the green in 2 and sunk a 18-foot putt for birdie.

Woods finished the day at 12-under par for the tournament, three shots ahead of Rory McIlroy and new world No. 1 Justin Rose.

Rose birdied the 18th at East Lake for a 73 to seal the top-five finish he needed to win the $10m (£7.6m) bonus on offer as FexEx Cup champion.

"It was not the week here I would have liked heading into any big tournament but next week in France is going to be totally different with different grass, different course and different everything so we'll see", Mickelson said.

He said he had loved every minute despite it being "a grind". The fight, the grind, the tough conditions.

"As this year progressed, I proved I could play, I found a swing, put the pieces together and knew I could do it again".

"It doesn't matter who it is I'm playing with".

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The Open Championship, the major tournament Woods briefly led earlier in the final round earlier this year, echoed the sentiments of golfer Tommy Fleetwood, who deemed Woods to be "good at golf" after his opening-round 65.

Tiger Woods celebrates his Tour Championship win.

"I was having a hard time not crying on that last hole".

The golfing world has been waiting for the moment the 42-year-old returns to his winning ways, and there's an incredible statistic backing him to do so.

The 14-time major victor was nearly robotic during a third round of five-under-par 65, which elevated him to 12 under - three shots ahead of playing partner Justin Rose (68) and Rory McIlroy (66).

The victory also has golf's highest-profile player on the verge of a top 10 ranking.

The only scenario not now in position after three rounds is Rose, who would need to fall a few spots (and Woods win the tournament) for Woods to win his third FedExCup title.

Woods eventually won by two shots with victory all-but guaranteed by a trademark, laser-like iron approach to the final hole.

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