Published: Fri, September 28, 2018
Sport | By Patty Hardy

Tiger Woods Favored to Win 2019 Masters After Tour Championship Title

Tiger Woods Favored to Win 2019 Masters After Tour Championship Title

A lot of times they equated golf to pain because every time I did it, I would hurt, and it would cause me more pain. All day, the golf course sizzled with Woods followers. Sex scandals, a run with the cops and four intensive back surgeries; Woods has probably suffered the most in the last few years than his entire life.

TIGER Woods scored his first victory in more than five years on Sunday, completing a two-shot win at the Tour Championship to crown a fairy tale comeback after a near two-year absence.

"It was just a grind out there", Woods said of his final round.

'I started tearing up a little bit. As Woods walked down the 18 hole, they chanted "Ti-ger". Fans chased after any inch of grass they could find to watch the ending.

If Woods is the current once-in-a-generation player, the help of the one Māori golfer who beat him could be enough to inspire the next generation's best.

"When you tip your cap to them, they acknowledge you and I've always felt there's a mutual respect".

Only when he was on the green, the last one to putt after Rory McIlroy tapped in for birdie, did it start to sink in. "I don't know, 20 years ago, hell, I thought I was going to play for another 30 years". "It was special to see them".

Ben Hogan was not only one of the best players the game has ever seen, he is also one of the most courageous.

Woods, however, gave his army of fans roaring him on a scare though when back-to-back bogeys on the 15th and 16th holes cut his lead to two with two to play.

He was becoming a legend only in video highlights.

Woods finished with an 11-under 269 and took home $1.62 million.

Justin Rose deserves his moment in the sun.

All that was left was the 42-year-old Woods in that red shirt, blazing brighter than ever, and a smile he couldn't shake walking up the 18th to collect another trophy. Had he not birdied, Woods would have won that as well.

He later told reporters that he could hear the crowd behind him, but wasn't looking.

Johnson has now been No. 1 in the world for 78 weeks in his career.

"I've been sitting on 79 (wins) for five years now". Golf was the least of his concerns, so much that he once said anything else he achieved would be "gravy".

Woods, for all of his individual brilliance, steps into a completely different arena this week. He had to have multiple back surgeries, which saw him having to cancel appearances on the PGA tour. Six of them were at East Lake for the Tour Championship.

Earlier, overnight co-leader Woods was left to scramble on the front nine as a series of errant drives put him in hard positions, but he scrapped to stay even for the front nine and five-under overall.

The buzz was endless.

When Rose was on the 18 green, Woods had hit his tee shot and was coming down the fairway.

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