Woods wins TOUR Championship, Rose wins FedExCup

Tiger Woods has stormed to a commanding lead during the third round of the Tour Championship

Tiger Woods has stormed to a commanding lead during the third round of the Tour Championship

It is the second consecutive year the Tour Championship victor did not also win the FedEx Cup.

Woods, the 14-time major victor, has the 54-hole lead for the first time since his last victory in 2013 at the Bridgestone Invitational.

Justin Rose, who entered the day three shots behind Woods, made a key birdie on 18 to win the FedEx Cup title - a four-tournament playoff with a $10 million prize to the victor.

Woods finished right behind Rose at No. 2 in the FedEx Cup standings. "I can't believe I managed to pull this off", continued Woods, fighting off the tears on TV.

"I felt like if I just went out there and did my own thing and shot under par, the tournament would be over", Woods said after he made pars at the last two holes to salt away the victory.

The victory was Woods' 80th on the PGA Tour, two short of the all-time record held by Sam Snead.

"I found a swing, put the pieces together and knew I could do it again".

Coming into the final day with a three-shot lead over Rory McIlroy, the Irish golfer's chances quickly faded as Woods demonstrated some of the form of old.

"I've had it not so easy the last couple of years and worked my way back and couldn't have done it without the help of everyone around me", he said.

"I've been sitting on 79 (wins) for five years now". Woods has never lost a three-shot lead or more in 23 attempts. So it was about me and just what I had to do.

He eventually cooled off for a five-under 65 and a three-shot lead over McIlroy, who fired a four-under 66, and Justin Rose, who carded a 68, at the East Lake Golf Course.

It could have been an exercise in audible relief, as well, since many golf fans might have doubted Woods' ability to overcome countless knee, Achilles and back problems from the previous five years.

That was when he was regularly winning multiple times every season, compiling trophies at a rate never before seen in golf.

"There was a point in time when I didn't know if I'd ever do this again, so I appreciate it a little bit more than I did because I don't take it for granted I'm going to have another decade or two decades in my future of playing golf at this level". "I appreciate it much more now than 20 years ago". I am very happy for him and extremely proud of him. "I was hitting it absolutely dead flush, the putts I was hitting were going in and from there I just tried to hang in there".

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