Tiger Woods is Back, Wins Tour Championship
Tiger Woods, 42 anni, shot an 1-over-par 71 Sunday to win the Tour Championship by 2 strokes and posted his 1st victory since Y 2013.
Woods finished at 11-under 269 to secure his 80th career PGA Tour victory. He won the Tour Championship for a 3rd time.
Justin Rose survived a final-round 73 to tie for fourth place and win the season-long FedEx Cup, which carries a $10-M bonus. Rose had to birdie the final hole at East Lake Golf Club to earn golf’s top prize, and he finished the job with a 2-in tap-in.
Woods almost got enough help from the field to vault from #20 to #1 in the FedEx Cup points race. Woods needed 7 players to play poorly enough to enable him to climb into 1st, and 6 of them obliged.
Billy Horschel, the 2014 Tour Championship winner, closed with a 66 and moved into second place at 9 under. Dustin Johnson shot 67 and climbed up to third at 7 under.
Finishing tied for fourth at 6 under were Rose, Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama, whose 65 matched Rickie Fowler for the low round of the day, and Webb Simpson, who shot 67.
The much-anticipated showdown between Woods and playing partner Rory McIlroy, who will both participate in next week’s Ryder Cup matches in France, never materialized. Woods began the day with a 3-shot lead and stretched it to 3 strokes with a birdie on the opening hole.
He led by 5 through five when McIlroy and Rose both took bogeys.
McIlroy was plagued by an errant driver, which led to three bogeys and a double-bogey on the front nine. The Northern Irishman played the front nine in plus-4 and quickly dropped out of contention. He shot 74 and fell into a tie for 7th at 5 under.
Woods had 3 bogeys, 1 at the 10th hole when his tee shot found the trees and he was forced to punch out. He had back-to-back bogeys at #s. 15 and 16, and he placed his tee shot on #17 in the rough but was able to get up and down from the collar to save par. He parred the final hole for the victory.
Tiger Woods has battled health issues for the past 5 years. This year he has shown signs of breaking the ‘slump’ finishing 2nd at the PGA Championship and holding the lead in the back 9 of the Open Championship.
Have a terrific week.
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