Tiger Woods wins the Tour Championship, his first PGA win in five years

September 23, 2018 - 6:11 pm

For the first time since the 2013 Bridgestone Invitational, Tiger Woods hoisted a trophy over his head. Shooting an eleven under par over four days, Tiger took home the 2018 Tour Championship. The first time he's won this tournament since 2007 when he set the tournament record with a -23.

It's been a long gap between wins for Tiger Woods. He struggled with back injuries to stay on the course, playing in just 20 tournaments since the start of 2014. Never winning any and rarely being in contention. However, 2018 was a comeback year for Woods. With a new swing, he played in 18 events, coming in the top ten eight times. Tiger also nearly won both The Open Championship and the PGA Championship, coming in sixth and second place. Finally, at the Tour Championship he was able to break through.

Tiger came into Sunday with a three shot lead over Rory McIlroy. It never came too close to Tiger surrendering the lead, and the story became would he also win the FedEx Cup Playoffs. The PGA's title for the most accomplished golfer of that season. Justin Rose needed a birdie on the Par 5 18th hole to win the award. Had he not birdied, Tiger would have won that as well.

Tiger's new swing helped make him competitive again in 2018. The thing that was holding him back from getting to the top of leaderboard's was his putting. It was very inconsistent in the beginning of 2018. Over this weekend, Tiger was sinking putts from outside ten feet on a regular basis.

Now attention turns to whether Tiger can win another major, and maybe still if he can catch Jack Nicklaus's magic number "18". After coming close in the last two majors, making the Ryder Cup roster for the U.S., and winning the Tour Championship, those questions are realistic once again.

Tiger isn't just chasing Jack. He's two PGA wins away from tieing Sam Snead's all-time record of 82. If Tiger can stay healthy, he should surpass Snead at some point in his career to be the winningest golfer ever.

The next time we'll see Tiger Woods is next week, Friday. He'll join Team USA in Paris to face Team Europe in the 2018 Ryder Cup. This is the first time Woods will play in the Ryder Cup since 2010. And don't forger, Tiger will go one on one with Phil Mickelson on Thanksgiving weekend in Las Vegas.

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