Published: Mon, September 24, 2018
Sport | By Patty Hardy

How to watch Tiger Woods at the Tour Championship on Sunday

How to watch Tiger Woods at the Tour Championship on Sunday

He came into the final day of the tournament - the last of four FedEx Cup play-off events - with a three-shot lead over Rose and Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy, who faded from contention with a four-over 74 to finish on five under in tied seventh.

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).

It felt like a coronation coming down the 18th green, his second shot to the par 5 safely in a bunker in front of the green. The tournament tipped toward Tiger at that moment.

Woods delivered the ideal ending to his wonderful return from four back surgeries on Sunday with a performance that felt like old times. Then on the back nine, it was more of the same.

Woods stumbled to start the back nine though, with a bogey on the 10th dropping him back to an even par, while American Billy Horschel proved to be the next closest challenger, overtaking Rose to sit four shots behind the runaway leader. It was probably already in the bag at that point, but that one was for good measure.

Woods made things more interesting with back-to-back bogeys on the 15th and 16th holes, but he had built enough of a cushion for them to be footnotes to his ultimate triumph.

He is playing like he did a decade ago, and the outcome seems familiar with no one putting together much of a challenge at East Lake.

As long as Woods can stay healthy, he should be able to challenge for more wins next season. On the other, it felt like 2008 (or 2004 or 2013 or 2001).

"I had a hard time not crying up the last hole", he said. That's 1,876 days, if you're scoring at home.

History is certainly on Tiger Woods' side.

It's his 80th PGA Tour win overall, which moves him to within two of Sam Snead's all-time record of 82. Woods admitted that he loved "every bit of it, the fight and the grind and the club conditions".

Woods body was a wreck, no doubt, and a last-ditch spinal fusion surgery in April 2017 seemed like a hopeful salve at best.

So far, it's been a great day for Woods.

The presence of Woods in the 30-man Tour Championship, which he has won twice, yielded the highest opening-round TV ratings in six years.

Five years and four back surgeries later, Tiger Woods is a victor on the PGA Tour once again.

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