All eyes in the golf world were focused on one man yesterday.
It wasn’t the world’s #1-ranked golfer, Justin Rose, who won the FedEx Cup on a total season-long collection of points, and the $10 Million that go along with it, it was the man who won the weekend tournament – The Tour Championship – itself, Tiger Woods.
Played at East Lake Country Club in Atlanta, it’s the club where a young Bobby Jones – whose family lived adjacent to the course – first played the game.
The tournament this weekend had a starting field of only the 30 best players in the world (at the moment), including remarkably, Woods, who had gone from not being able to get out of bed before his most recent (4th) back surgery, to not knowing if he would ever play professionally again as recently as 14 months ago.
Yet this summer, he’s been consistently near the top of the leaderboards, earning enough FedEx Cup points to make the elimination playoffs over the last few weeks, to find himself here in Atlanta for the Tour Championship.
In spite of some stumbles on the last few holes of the final round, Tiger was lights out all weekend, capping a five-year winning drought with a win in one of the biggest tournaments in golf, against one of its toughest fields.
The scene with the monstrous gallery following Woods on his walk up to the 18th was truly remarkable, attesting to his enduring superstardom.
The win was his 80th, putting him just two behind all-time win leader Sam Snead.
Tiger’s gone from not knowing if he’d ever play professionally again, to once again looking – against all odds – like he just might beat Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 Major wins after all.
Best moment: the Tiger – Roger Maltbie fist bump.
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