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Comeback Complete: Tiger Woods Is Victorious At Tour Championship For First Win In 5 Years

By Todd Kortemeier | Sept. 23, 2018, 7:51 p.m. (ET)

Tiger Woods celebrates winning the Tour Championship on Sept. 23, 2018 in Atlanta.


Tiger Woods came up just short at August’s PGA Championship, but given all that he’s been through with injuries over the past five years, his victory Sunday at the Tour Championship has to feel just as sweet as any major. 

It was his first tournament win since the 2013 Bridgestone Invitational.

Woods won the 80th PGA title of his career at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, holding off Billy Horschel and Dustin Johnson with a solid 71. The final round score may not have been that impressive, but his total weekend performance showed flashes of the dominant career that has brought him to within two of Sam Snead for the most tournament wins in golf history.

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Woods opened with three consecutive rounds under par, including a 5-under 65 on Thursday and Saturday. From there, it was just a matter of playing safe, consistent golf, something that has eluded him at times as he worked his way back from back injuries that threatened his entire career. Woods never allowed any player to get closer than two shots.

Next up for Woods is competing for his country at the Ryder Cup. Woods failed to qualify on points, but was selected as a captain’s pick shortly after the PGA Championship. Woods will be playing in his eighth career Ryder Cup, and his first since 2012, but has won only once with the 1999 team.

Todd Kortemeier is a sportswriter, editor and children’s book author from Minneapolis. He is a contributor toTeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.