As Tiger Woods strode down the 18th fairway at at Atlanta's East Lake club, thousands of baying fans following close behind, the world of golf and beyond was once again in thrall to the USA star. "I appreciate it much more now than 20 years ago".
This time, it was surreal. Outside of the birdies at the 1st and 13th and three back-nine bogeys (10, 14, 15), Woods happily notched pars on the other 13 holes, essentially daring his competition to mount a furious comeback. likely knowing the conditions weren't necessarily ripe for anyone carding a 63 or 64.
Woods won the Tour Championship at East Lake here in Atlanta on Sunday with an already famous wire-to-wire success and the tributes soon began flooding in. "Am I going to be able to sit, stand, walk, lay down without feeling the pain that I was in".
But when Woods talks about the turning point, he speaks of the fusion surgery, which gave him back an active life and his career.
And that brought a new version of Tigermania.
Horschel shot four-under 66 to finish alone in second place, while Hideki Matsuyama and Rickie Fowler each shot the low rounds of Sunday's play with 65.
This was pure pandemonium.
"Sometimes the FedEx Cup rewards guys who win at the very end, but with obviously maybe Bryson (DeChambeau) opening the door at the beginning part of the week, maybe not having his best week, it kind of opened it up for so many guys this week", Rose said.
He played his way into the finale of the FedEx Cup playoff.
The American, 42, shot a one-over 71 in Atlanta for his 80th PGA Tour title.
He was becoming a legend on in video highlights.
Tiger Woods wins the 2018 Tour Championship
There was no message on the East Lake leaderboard. However, it was a struggle from the start for the - now former - world No. 1.
Pro golfer Justin Rose, 38, had a final-round 73 that took him out of contention for the Tour Championship.
Rose, meanwhile, received a $10 million consolation prize in the form of the FedExCup, which is awarded to the victor of the tour's season-long points race, after a birdie at the 18th gave him a 73 for a share of fourth. "It's just hard to believe I won the Tour Championship".
"Congrats, Rosie", Woods told him. Dustin Johnson (67) finished alone in third, four back.
But this wasn't about the FedEx Cup or even the world ranking. But the day, the galleries and the TV ratings belonged to Tiger.
Woods entered the final round of the Tour Championship with a three-stroke lead, and in his career he is 23 for 23 with a three stroke lead after 54 holes. That was when he was regularly winning multiple times every season, compiling trophies at a rate never before seen in golf.
"I guess it's different now because the art of clapping is gone, right?"
The buzz was endless.
He drained a 10-foot birdie for a confidence-boosting start at the first, and then parred the next eight holes, using a deft short game and a hot putter to extricate himself from trouble on a couple of occasions. No one wanted to miss a shot.
But there was no famous last-day charge.
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