Tiger Woods wins his first tournament since 2013

Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods wins, 42 years old, removed from so many surgeries and clean-ups he gets his next one free, becomes champion again on the PGA Tour. The Tiger Woods that missed two years’ worth of majors, and claimed he might be done with competitive golf.

With a score of -11 after the final day of play on Sunday, Tiger Woods earned himself a two-stroke win in the Tour Championship, the final individual tournament of this season’s PGA calendar. Tiger Woods wins his first tournament win since the 2013 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

“It’s certainly up there with obviously all the major championships I’ve won, Players, World Golf Championships. But this is under different circumstances,” Woods said, fighting back tears. “You know, I’ve explained throughout the year that I just didn’t know whether—when this would ever happen again. If I could somehow piece together a golf swing this year, I felt like I could do it. My hands are good enough, and I just didn’t know if I could piece together a golf swing.

“But somehow I’ve been able to do that, and here we are.”

To be fair, the victory had been coming into focus. The near-misses at Innisbrook and Bay Hill and Carnoustie, the charge at Bellerive. Woods showed he had the firepower. Only a matter of the cylinders firing at the same time.

Atlanta proved to be that confluence. Tiger shook off an opening bogey on Thursday to shoot 65, earning a share of the lead thanks to a marvelous display of shot-making. Friday was an exercise in grit, overcoming a wayward driver to grind out a 68, staying atop the leader board. Saturday’s round went right into the Hall of Fame, opening with six birdies in seven holes to set up the spectacular. And on Sunday, Woods didn’t disappoint.

Tiger Woods wins

Tiger Woods

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