Tiger Woods is back. After a five year hiatus, Woods defeated Billy Horschel to win his 80th PGA Tour title (overall) in 2018 Tour Championship on Sunday. The legend stormed into the final round and dominated to finish at 11-under-par 269 at East Lake. The landmark win was celebrated by his fans present in the course along with his girlfriend and team officials. By virtue of this win, Woods is only two behind matching Sam Snead's overall tally of 82 titles.
Jubiliant on his latest triumph, Woods stated, "I was having a hard time not crying coming up the last hole. All of a sudden it started hitting me I was going to win the tournament. I’ve been sitting on 79 (wins) for five years now. To get 80 is a pretty damn good feeling."
Interestingly, Woods retained his record of not conceding a match after leading by three shots or more before heading to the final round.
Woods' 80th PGA Tour title has come at the right time. Just when people wrote off him, he has bounced back in style. After undergoing a spinal fusion surgery in early 2017, questions were raised whether Woods would be able to play a full schedule. (Since 2014, he has gone through several back surgeries hampering his play). To add to his woes, he was dropped out of the world top 100 for the first time (since 1996) in 2015. In 2016, his struggles pushed him further down; outside world top 500. In this calendar year, Woods has shown remarkable improvement in rankings and jumped higher due to his temperament and experience. Hence, this victory will be cherished by his admirers for a long time.
Woods shared a big kiss with girlfriend, Erica Herman, and revealed his recent plights after the astonishing triumph."My body was a wreck. The low point was not knowing whether I would be able to live pain-free again. I was beyond playing. I couldn’t sit, I couldn’t walk, I couldn’t lay down without feeling the pain in my back and leg," concluded one-of-the-best from the sport.
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