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Key stats from Woods' historic win at East Lake
Tiger Woods won his 80th career PGA Tour title on Sunday with a two-stroke victory at the Tour Championship. Here are the key stats from the final round at East Lake.
• 80th career PGA Tour win; first since 2013 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational
• Two wins behind Sam Snead for most in PGA Tour history
• Snead was 47 years old when he won his 80th career PGA Tour title (Woods is 42)
• 43-for-45 converting outright 54-hole leads in PGA Tour career
• 24-for-24 converting 54-hole leads of three or more shots
• First win in 1,876 days; 118 players won on PGA Tour between Woods' wins
• Third career Tour Championship victory (most all-time)
• Has won Tour Championship in three different decades (1999, 2007, 2018)
• Fifth PGA Tour event won in three different decades (1990s, 2000s, 2010s)
• Projected to move to 13th in World Ranking with victory
• Was ranked 1,199 before beginning of 2017 Hero World Challenge
• Snead won 11 times after turning 43 (Woods turns 43 in December)
• Eighth PGA Tour win in Georgia; fourth-most of any state (Fla., Calif., Ohio)
• Extended lead to four strokes with birdie on first hole of round
• Second in field in strokes gained: putting this week
• First in field in scrambling this week (17-for-24)
• Finished second in FedExCup; was making first Tour Championship start since 2013
• Led field in one-putt percentage this week (51.4%)
• Finishes season first on PGA Tour in strokes gained: approach
(Stats provided by the Golf Channel editorial research unit.)
Rose captures FedExCup, $10 million
ATLANTA – Like the “Price is Right” big wheel, $10 million spun around and around on Sunday, waiting to land on someone. It rolled past Dustin Johnson, looked like it was going to settle on Tiger Woods, and then made a final tick to rest on an ecstatic Justin Rose.
Rose won the FedExCup title on Sunday at the Tour Championship, two-putting for birdie on the par-5 18th to secure the big bonus. Woods, who won the tournament, finished second, with Bryson DeChambeau third.
Rose entered the final round as the projected winner, tied for second in the event, three shots back of Woods. However, it was a struggle from the start for the – now former – world No. 1. Rose made four bogeys and one birdie over his first 15 holes, and when he bogeyed the par-4 16th, the scenario became clear: Play the last two in 1 under or lose the cup.
Johnson had an outside shot at claiming the $10 million, but parred the last. He finished in solo third place, four back of Woods.
Woods, meanwhile, was in command of the tournament from the start on Sunday. He played steadily, for the most part, and no one provided a challenge. In order to win the cup, he needed to win the event – which was close to a lock all day – and Rose needed to finish in a three-way tie for fifth or worse.
So, here he was, Rose, tied for SIXTH place on the 18th hole. A birdie and he’d jump into a three-way tie for fourth – as well as into a mountain of cash.
Rose hit the par-5 18th in two and successfully two-putted to clinch the cup. He didn’t win a playoff event, but his MC-2-2-T4 results were good enough, points wise, to capture the season-long race.
Social media explodes over Tiger's 80th win
After a five-year hiatus, Tiger Woods made his triumphant return to the winner's circle on Sunday at the Tour Championship.
As evidenced by a quick look at social media, Woods' win set the golf world on fire, with everyone from Jack Nicklaus to Michelle Wie sending their congratulations to the 42-year-old.
Here are the best reactions from a wild Sunday at East Lake, where Woods claimed PGA Tour victory No. 80:
My congratulations to @TigerWoods on winning the @playofffinale! I am very happy for him and extremely proud of him. Tiger has worked very hard to get to this place, and has played very well all season. @PGATOUR— Jack Nicklaus (@jacknicklaus) September 23, 2018
Everybody watching at home, everybody that was right there when it happened. We’ve just witnessed the greatest comeback of all time! What a time to be alive!!!— Tommy Fleetwood (@TommyFleetwood1) September 23, 2018
You can’t help but be emotional watching this. Tiger has worked so hard, this is a special one.— Cheyenne Woods (@Cheyenne_Woods) September 23, 2018
Saw it first hand at Tampa.. @TigerWoods has been back for awhile.. He just likes being dramatic!! Awesome to watch that walk up 18.. And thank you Tiger.. My family thanks you. ..Every PGA Tour player thanks you.. Look forward to No 81!!— Brandt Snedeker (@BrandtSnedeker) September 23, 2018
Tiger is going to win his 80th PGA Tour event! Unbelievable! #— Luke Donald (@LukeDonald) September 23, 2018
This is absolutely incredible!! Major goosebumpshttps://t.co/eq7KYHR6gH— Michelle Wie (@themichellewie) September 23, 2018
THIS was indeed the day: Tiger Woods-at the FedEx Cup finale- taking the comeback season all the way to win #80. The TOUR Champion and a victor once again on the PGA TOUR. Now just 2 titles behind Sam Snead for the all time record.— Lauren Thompson (@LThompsonGC) September 23, 2018
What can I say! It was awesome to see Tiger back in the winner circle. I’ve never seen anything like the 18th hole. Was pretty insane. Congrats my man on overcoming so much to get back to the top of that mountain! Golf is in an awesome awesome place right now!— Billy Horschel (@BillyHo_Golf) September 23, 2018
Not exactly the finish I was looking for, but I gave myself a shot. Thank you for a great week Atlanta. Congrats to @TigerWoods and @JustinRose99. What a great scene on 18. Looking forward to the Ryder Cup next week. #RyderCupUSA— Dustin Johnson (@DJohnsonPGA) September 23, 2018
“I made Tiger great again”...— Zach Johnson (@ZachJohnsonPGA) September 23, 2018
Not really. But it’s catchy.
Emotional is an understatement, so incredibly happy for this guy @TigerWoods . You never lost faith and your passion and heart got u back on top! WOW, so happy for you and the world of golf! Tiger is back pic.twitter.com/c84lFJxcJz— Suzann Pettersen (@suzannpettersen) September 23, 2018
I’m not crying, it’s allergies— Paige Spiranac (@PaigeSpiranac) September 23, 2018
So. Good. For. Golf. #TigerTigerWoodsYall— Jodi Ewart Shadoff (@Jodi_Ewart) September 23, 2018
From one goat to another I can only imagine what @TigerWoods is feeling today... pumped to be watching this today!! Have fun out there today my man!!!— Michael Phelps (@MichaelPhelps) September 23, 2018
Dear @TigerWoods... thank you.— Lisa Cornwell (@LisaCornwellGC) September 23, 2018
Highlights: Tiger's final round at East Lake
Tiger Woods won the Tour Championship on Sunday by two strokes. Here are the highlights from the final round.
Woods got off to a great start with a birdie on No. 1.
He then made eight straight pars to close out the front nine in 1 under par. Woods started the back nine with a bogey at 10, but he rebounded with this birdie at No. 13.
Woods leaked some oil coming in with bogeys at 15 and 16, but this par putt on 17 gave him a crucial two-stroke lead heading to 18.
For the fourth straight day, Woods smoked his drive on 18.
A huge gallery followed Woods up the 18th hole.
Woods missed his birdie putt on 18, but it was an easy par for a two-stroke victory and win No. 80.