Tiger roars to victory at East Lake
Last updated: September 25, 2018 by Leon Marshal
American golfing legend Tiger Woods gave the perfect response to doubters by winning the PGA Tour Championship. 14-time major winner Woods ended a five-year wait with this victory at East Lake. The old king wasn’t dead, he was merely resting!
Tiger Woods’s bid to revitalise his career received a massive boost as the veteran won his first major title in five years at the East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta. The American held off the challenge of Billy Horschel and Rory McIlroy to win the 80th PGA title of his industrious career.
Tiger Woods has beat all the odds and pulled off one of the greatest comeback stories in golfing history. Overcoming four surgeries on his back in a span of four years, it’s a feat that he can still swing a club, never mind win a major title. Tiger has also had to famously deal with many problems away from the golf course.
In October 2017, Woods was sentenced to a one-year probation after being found guilty of reckless driving. He was again arrested in May for allegedly drink driving. In 2009, he was part of a strange car accident that was linked to accusations of infidelity. He parted ways with his wife and lost a lucrative sponsorship deal after booking into a clinic for sex addiction. This unfortunately would just be the start for Tiger, who became more likely to feature on the front pages rather than in the sports section in newspapers.
There have been many false dawns before this return to winning ways in the last five years. The 42-year old only returned to competitive action in November last year. He could only finish ninth in the Hero World Challenge event that he hosts for elite golfers every December in aid of his charity. His best performance was in this year’s Open Championship at Carnoustie in which he finished third, although he did lead the field with eight holes left to play.
Woods fought off stiff competition from compatriot Billy Horschel and admitted it was a real challenge for him to get himself in the groove to fight off Justin Rose and Rory McIlroy. Nerves may have deserted him in Scotland at the latter stages but Tiger held them this time to score a last round of 71 for an 11-under total.
The win will be a real morale boaster for Tiger as he joins the U.S team for the Ryder Cup on Friday. This win has catapulted Woods from a peripheral figure in that competition to someone who is likely to be all the talk of the competition.
Justin birdies to deny Woods the double
The highlight of the game from the British perspective was the performance of Justin Rose. Despite finishing fourth, Rose amassed enough points to win the FedEx Cup, which is the championship trophy for the PGA Tour. He is the first Englishman to achieve the feat.
It took a remarkable birdie on the 18th for Rose to clinch the trophy. A par on the hole would have given Woods a double of the FedEx Cup and the Tour. The fourth place has cost Rose his number one ranking in golf but hopefully the £7.6m ($10m) prize money will allow the 38-year-old to celebrate with a beer or two.
Alongside Rose, there were five other contenders for the FedEx Cup including the defending Champion Thomas, Tiger Woods, Bryson DeChambeau, Johnson, and Tony Finau who came to the East Lake with a chance to win. The former world number one however only needed a top-five finish to secure the overall title.