Woods shares lead at Tour Championship


After five years and multiple back surgeries, the long journey for Tiger Woods came full circle on Sunday.

Tiger Woods put an emphatic exclamation point on a year in which he had fallen tantalizingly short of victory with a win in the Tour Championship, winning a PGA tournament for the first time since August 2013.

On the 520-yard par-4 14th hole, Woods reached the green in 2 and sunk a 18-foot putt for birdie.

PGA Tour host Teryn Gregson recorded a video of the thousands of fans following Woods down the 18th green, with Tiger and playing partner Rory McIlroy having to squeeze through the crowd with the help of security.

"I didn't know that Rosie [Justin Rose] had just won the FedEx [Tour Championship] Cup ahead of me", said Woods, congratulating Rose - who stood next to him - and his family.

Woods will take home $3 million on top of the $1.6 million he won for winning at East Lake.

There used to be no chance against Woods when he was atop the leaderboard going into the final round. The fight, the grind, the tough conditions.

"He's played such good golf all year that it is just not surprising", Mickelson said.

"It's been unbelievable, to get to this level again, I didn't know if that would happen again and lo and behold, here we are", he told CNN's Patrick Snell after securing the Tour Championship at Atlanta's East Lake Golf Club.

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"It is a measure of how dominant Woods was before injuries corroded his game that despite all the time he missed, he moved into a tie with Dustin Johnson for the most PGA Tour victories among active players - 19 - since the start of 2008", The Times said.

Justin Rose may have scooped the FedEx Cup trophy with a fourth place finish at the Tour Championship on Sunday but it was not enough to prevent him from surrendering the coveted top spot in the world rankings.

The 42-year-old, who had five prescription drugs in his system, later pleaded guilty to reckless driving, underwent a diversion programme and spent 11 months on probation, returning to competitive golf at the end of November by admitting he was "winging it" as he waited to see if his fused back would hold up.

Fellow American Billy Horschel finished two shots back on nine under.

Woods now goes to France, where he'll play in the Ryder Cup with the rest of his US teammates. He's playing so well on a very hard golf course.

Marc Leishman carded a 68 and Jason Day a 69, which included two double bogeys, and both sit at even par.

The only scenario not now in position after three rounds is Rose, who would need to fall a few spots (and Woods win the tournament) for Woods to win his third FedExCup title.

On the next hole, Woods found himself staring at a near impossible greenside bunker shot.