Tiger Woods: I was close to tears on the last hole

Tiger Woods won the 2018 Tour Championship his first win since 2013

Tiger Woods won the 2018 Tour Championship his first win since 2013

After winning five times in 2013, Woods had started just 24 events in the next four years as the pain from his back often left him grimacing in pain or forced to withdraw from events entirely, most recently after an opening 77 in Dubai in February 2017, where he struggled to climb out of a bunker. Woods won more than five years after winning the 2013 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational by seven shots to lavish a fifth PGA Tour victory upon a fantastic season that seemed chirpy at the time.

After walking off the 18th green, Woods was surrounded and hugged by other members of golf's elite, including Rose, the victor of the FedEx Cup playoffs, and Rickie Fowler, who was paired with Woods in the second round of this tournament.

"I had a hard time not crying coming up the last hole", said Woods afterward. "For me, I was trying to do my best to win this golf tournament and scoop the double jackpot".

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

A Woods victory would be an 80th PGA Tour triumph and take him to within two wins of Sam Snead's all-time 82 Tour victories.

Hobbled by back problems since 2014, Woods underwent spinal fusion surgery a year ago and returned to competition in December.

Others said they had never witnessed a scene like it in all their years watching golf.

"I was beyond playing".

"It was just a grind out there", Woods added.

But that needle looked broken beyond fix as days without a win grew to months, the months without a win grew to years.

September 16, 2015: nearly a month after recording his best finish of season with a tie for 10th in the Wyndham Championship, Woods announces a second microdiscectomy surgery and hopes to return in "early 2016".

"All I can do is worry about myself, " McIlroy said. I've had a not-so-easy last couple of years. That might be enough to return him to No. 1 in the world.

Rose finished in a three-way tie for fourth at East Lake, securing his spot atop the season-long FedEx Cup standings. Just four months after reporting he couldn't hit the ball more than 60 yards, Woods rejoined the PGA Tour and made the cut in his first event at Torrey Pines.

Via Golfweek, Woods stated, "It's certainly up there with obviously all the major championships I've won, Players, World Golf Championships".

You really need to see it to believe it. Heading into the Tour Championship, he was 12-1, behind then-Masters favorite Jordan Spieth. He walked away as the victor of the 2018 Tour Championship.

Woods, who returned in January after missing nearly the entire previous two years with a debilitating back injury, held a three-shot advantage heading into the final round.

Woods holed out for par to complete a final round of 71 for an 11-under total before holding his arms aloft in celebration of a brilliant win just days before the Ryder Cup gets under way in Paris.

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