Tiger Woods Wins First Golf Tournament Since 4 Back Surgeries

Tiger Woods opened with a vintage display over the opening seven holes

Tiger Woods opened with a vintage display over the opening seven holes

The last time he was in this position was when he won the 2013 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, the most recent of his 79 PGA Tour victories.

The victory capped off a season that started with questions over whether Woods, now 10 years removed from his 14th major title, would even be able to play a full schedule after undergoing spinal fusion surgery in April 2017.

Meanwhile England's Olympic champion Justin Rose ensured he walks off with the FedEx Cup playoff title after finishing on six under for a share of fourth.

Woods' Ryder Cup team-mate and old foe Phil Mickelson said of the performance: "He's played such good golf all year that it is just not surprising". 'It's the ideal place for me to open my campaign, ' he said in January, 'but the landscape has shifted dramatically.

"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.

Woods is 53-4 on the PGA Tour when he holds at least a share of the 54-hole lead.

Tiger Woods walks the 18th fairway during the final round of the 2018 Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Club on May 6, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

So close: Tiger Woods has a three-stroke lead heading into the final round.

His victory at the Tour Championship puts to rest any concerns that he'd forgotten how to win. It was Rose's worst round of the week by five, but it was good enough, and he became the second European victor of the FedExCup in the last three years (Rory McIlroy, '16).

"I think throughout this year some of @TigerWoods' issues were between his ears, as he had to remember how to win again".

It was an emotional finale to a year which saw Woods return to the highest level after he had once feared he may never play golf again. You knew he was going to win soon, and this week he did it.

That was when he was regularly winning multiple times every season, compiling trophies at a rate never before seen in golf. I am very happy for him and extremely proud of him.

"When I grabbed the lead at the Open Championship (it) didn't really feel abnormal, even though it's been years since I've been in those spots", he said. "That's one of the greatest comebacks there is, and it happens to be in our sport".

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