Tiger Woods Wins His First Title in 5 Years

'I had a hard time not crying,' says 42-year-old
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 23, 2018 8:55 PM CDT

(Newser) – He'd done it 79 previous times, but Tiger Woods says No. 80 is pretty special. The golf great won the Tour Championship in Atlanta Sunday for his 80th PGA Tour victory. As USA Today notes, it was Woods' first win since 2013—or more precisely, in 1,876 days. “I had a hard time not crying coming up the last hole,” said Woods afterward. “The people who are close to me saw the struggles and what I was going through, and some of the players that I'm pretty close to, they've really helped throughout this process the last few years." The victory, coming 17 months after surgery to his spine, caps Woods' long comeback from agonizing back pain. It also leaves him two short of Sam Snead's record of 82 tour wins, and puts him at No. 13 in the world rankings after starting his comeback at No. 1,199.

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"I can't believe I pulled this off," Woods said while accepting his trophy. The win wasn't much in doubt, with Woods building a five-shot lead early and hanging on for a two-shot win over Billy Horschel, per the AP, which sees a "new version of Tigermania" emerging in the wake of the victory. One minor blip: Woods nearly won the FedEx Cup championship as well on Sunday, but Justin Rose birdied the final hole to secure the $10 million bonus. Woods had to settle for the $3 million second prize as a result. Next up for Woods: He'll play in the Ryder Cup for the US in France. (Woods has come a long way from this DUI arrest, too.)

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