Tiger Woods Wins First Golf Tournament Since 4 Back Surgeries

Tiger Woods of the United States poses with the trophy after winning the TOUR Championship at East Lake Golf Club

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"It's just hard to believe I won the Tour Championship".

Woods won the Tour Championship, the last event of the FedEx Cup playoffs, for his first victory since 2013.

With it becoming crystal clear that his long-awaited victory was imminent, an absolutely wild scene formed on the course.

At times, it seemed like Tiger Woods' repeated attempts at a comeback would all end in failure.

They had to feel it, touch it, see if with their own eyes. Fans chanted Woods' name and some screamed, "I love you, Tiger!".

Just as incredibly, Woods very almost won the FedExCup too, but Britain's Justin Rose birdied the 18th to secure top spot and the $10million (£7.6m) prize.

The 42-year-old was close to retiring just over 18 months ago and has undergone four surgeries on his back in the past few years. Droves of fans streamed under the ropes and in behind him, a spectacle you would expect at a British Open and not on a Sunday in September in Atlanta, and they managed to construct a great, compelling torrent.

His new spot at 13 is Woods' highest ranking since summer 2014.

Woods had been troubled over the last decade not just by injuries, but also by embarrassing revelations about his sex life that led to divorce, caused sponsors to flee and smudged the clean-cut image he had cultivated even before he left Stanford to turn professional.

"It means a lot more to me now in the sense because I didn't know if I'd ever be out here again playing - doing this again".

He finished at 11-under 269 and won $1.62 million, along with a $3 million bonus for finishing second in the FedEx Cup.

A total earning of $5,443,841 leaves Woods eighth on the 2017-18 money list, with only Justin Thomas, Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka, Bubba Watson and Tony Finau picking up more.

The 42-year-old appeared to be overcome with emotion at one point during his final round at East Lake Golf Club as the victory appeared inevitable, no doubt recalling the dark times in recent years when it appeared he was finished as a force on the PGA Tour. But the day, the galleries and the TV ratings belonged to Tiger.

Woods started Sunday with a three-shot lead, but struggled during the back nine and dropped to No. 10.

The former world No.1 played his final round alongside Rory McIlroy, whose own hopes of victory dissipated after he carded a disappointing 74, but was full of admiration for his one-time golfing idol.

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