Published: Mon, September 24, 2018
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Rose wins FedExCup with birdie at final hole at Tour Championship

Rose wins FedExCup with birdie at final hole at Tour Championship

The victory was Woods' 80th, two short of Sam Snead's career tour record.

He had flirted with victory several times this year, mounting thrilling late charges that enraptured galleries but ultimately fizzled.

"I realised all of sudden I was going to win the tournament", he said.

Was anything different having gone more than five years without winning?

Immediately after his two stroke win over Billy Horschel, Tiger was greeted with a kiss from girlfriend Erica Herman.

"My body was a wreck", recalled Woods, who hoped the operation would alleviate debilitating back and leg pain.

"I was beyond playing". "Am I going to be able to sit, stand, walk, lay down without feeling the pain that I was in?"

A blemish free front nine ensured that Woods held his advantage midway through the final round, couple with a +1 from Rose, while a double bogey on the seventh from McIlroy saw the Northern Irishman drop out of title contention altogether. The question may also be the answer for the emotional investment exhibited by Woods' fans this year. Teryn Schaefer presents the best social media posts from around the world of golf in "Good, Bad & Unusual" and after each day's play brings you the biggest talking points in "The Takeaway".

Woods came into the Tour Championship with career earnings of $113,884,853 on the PGA Tour, a figure that will now rise even further.

In March, Woods played a meaningful Sunday round when he finished tied for second at the Valspar Championship.

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

Justin Rose lost the battle but won the war, clinching the FedExCup and the US$10 million prize that accompanies it with a birdie at the final hole at the Tour Championship in Atlanta on Sunday.

Woods will form part of the United States side for the Ryder Cup in France from Friday.

He did have time, however, to remember his father and earliest mentor Earl, who died in 2006.

"I didn't want to get run over", Woods said with a laugh.

"Some of the other players knew what I was struggling with. But as the year progressed, I proved that I could play, and I found a swing and put pieces together, and I knew I could do it again".

"It's been an unbelievable season from beginning to end". For years, his public appearances had been mostly on behalf of his foundation, tournaments and golf courses.

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