Nicklaus: Tiger can still beat my major record

European skipper Thomas Bjorn insisted that Sergio Garcia can play a starring role this weekMore

European skipper Thomas Bjorn insisted that Sergio Garcia can play a starring role this weekMore

"These next three days are very key for us to get to know this golf course, to understand as best we can the ins and outs", Furyk said.

Woods underwent his third surgery in 19 months in April 2017 in a bid to cure pain in his back and leg, at that point fearing he may never be able to play golf again. Sam has so far won 82 championships while Woods has won 80.

After years of false starts, injury setbacks, near misses, and poor performances, Tiger Woods' improbable 2018 comeback season ended with an emotional victory on Sunday at the Tour Championship at East Lake Country Club in Atlanta.

When Woods tapped home his 71st and final stroke of the day he did not unleash the balled-fist uppercut of old but instead bent calmly to retrieve his ball amid yet another surrounding roar - and then, finally, his wait was over too, raising both arms to the sky to join the rolling celebration.

"One thing I learnt about Ryder Cup is no matter how exhausted you are, you're going to carry yourself, the last bit of adrenaline you have in your body", the Dane said. Fans chased after any inch of grass they could find to watch the ending.

Women who have played on the LPGA Tour don't underestimate Woods' influence because we know golf is better when he's winning. "I'm not sure you need extra motivation in a Ryder Cup", he said. "I've had bad practise in some events and went on to win those same events".

He paused as his voice started to crack. "The up and down at 17 was huge", added Woods, who was flying to Paris later Sunday with the United States team for week's Ryder Cup.

They had to feel it, touch it, see it with their own eyes. "It's a completely different beast, the Ryder Cup, than playing in a regular tour event so they're pretty excited about it". In addition, NBC stated that 18.4 million minutes of the tournament were streamed, the most of a non-major Sunday in golf in history.

He was becoming a legend on in video highlights.

At the time it was thought the 14-time major champion's career was all but over.

Woods was also on course to bag the overall FedEx Cup title until Rose hit a birdie on the final hole.

After finishing the 18th hole, Woods was greeted by his girlfriend Erica Herman, who gave him a celebratory hug and kiss. "World No. 1, hell of a season".

The 42-year-old, 14-time major victor reasserted his status as the best frontrunner in the history of the sport, leading throughout the final round for a 1-over 71 to finish at 11-under-par 269 for a two-shot victory over Billy Horschel.

For so many years, the scene was familiar. Golf was the least of his concerns, so much that he once said anything else he achieved would be "gravy". During the tournament, he put out a series of tweets that culminated with him catching up with Tiger after the victory.

It was not easy going, though, because he was playing right in front of Woods and the pro-Woods gallery.

The buzz was endless. When the putt dropped and cheers died, there was a wild sprint some 200 yards up the hill as fans tried to get into position for the next shot.

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