Published: Mon, September 24, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Tiger's Back! Woods Brings Home First Golf Victory Since 2013

Tiger's Back! Woods Brings Home First Golf Victory Since 2013

Woods, who returned in January after missing nearly the entire previous two years with a debilitating back injury, held a three-shot advantage heading into the final round.

"It was a bit of a slow death out there for me today".

After two back surgeries six weeks apart, he couldn't lie down, sit or walk without pain. "I think we're all going to sleep well".

"The world of golf is really proud of you now and super excited about your game", Rose said. Is this how the rest of my life is going to be?

By the time the summer rolled around, he was in the mix at the major championships. Off the course, he had to overcome the embarrassment of a DUI arrest early on Memorial Day 2017 when he was found asleep at the wheel of his auto, later found to have a concoction of pain medication in his system.

A small slip on the back nine Sunday provided some extra drama, but Woods would not be denied.

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. He last played in the Ryder Cup in 2012.

Finally, on a blistering fall day in Atlanta, he made it official.

"This season there was a return to competitive golf and a steady climb in the rankings as Woods pieced together a swing that wouldn't ravage his 42-year-old body", Goldman reports.

Leading the field coming into the final day this morning, Woods got off to a flier with a birdie on the first hole, aided by competitors Justin Rose and Rory McIlroy dropping shots.

"I can't believe I pulled this off", Woods said during the trophy presentation.

When he got up to the green, Woods could finally survey the remarkable scene.

He kept winning though, racking up five victories in 2013 before his back failed him.

'"Jack Is Back, " the scoreboard famously proclaimed.

Had Rose not picked up a shot at the last, Woods would have taken the FedExCup as well, although that was hardly an issue for the American, who now seems odds-on to surpass Snead's record for tour victories.

There was no message on the East Lake leaderboard.

And at that moment, Woods was overcome with emotion and paused.

His closest challenger, Billy Horschel, was heading that way.

Just last month, Woods, a 14-time major victor who averaged six tour titles a year from 1999 to 2007, said he viewed this season as one of the finest of his career, because as 2018 began, "I didn't know what I was going to do, I just didn't have a clue".

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