Rose wins FedExCup with birdie at final hole at Tour Championship

Ruben Hill
September 24, 2018

Tiger Woods has had a rough few years.

To come all the way back, Woods said a couple of times this year, was wonderful even before he won.

The staid ol' Tour Championship became a boisterous street party late Sunday afternoon, the fans storming down the middle of the 18th fairway like a bunch of crazed college kids laying siege to a football field after a last-second victory.

For so many years, the scene was familiar. "The fight and the grind and the tough conditions and just had to suck it up and hit shots, and I loved every bit of it".

The Englishman also struggled, however, and Woods did what he used to do so brilliantly in his prime, keeping his card clean, on the front nine at least, and forcing his pursuers to come and get him. I've worked my way back. He left the competition feeling hopeless as he built a five-shot lead early and hung on to win the championship.

Between 1998 and 2005, Woods made the cut in 142 consecutive PGA Tour events, comfortably surpassing the previous record streak of 113 held by Byron Nelson.

Justin Rose lost the battle but won the war, clinching the FedExCup and the US$10 million prize that accompanies it with a birdie at the final hole at the Tour Championship in Atlanta on Sunday.

And then he brought his game back to life this year. "I just didn't know if I could ever piece together a golf swing".

Incredibly, he nearly won the FedEx Cup too, but had to settle for second in the season-long rankings after Justin Rose birdied the final hole to finish in a tie for fourth.

"I just didn't have the tight trousers and the hair, " Woods quipped.

Woods said "the fevered pitch" of the fan stampede behind him on the 18th fairway was something he had never experienced before and would never forget.

Woods was made to sweat however after a shaky three-over-par 73 on his final round.

But that needle looked broken beyond fix as days without a win grew to months, the months without a win grew to years.

Woods has topped the Official World Golf Ranking, which was introduced in 1986, for 683 weeks, more than double the time spent at number one by his nearest rival in this regard, Greg Norman (331 weeks).

Woods' last tournament victory came at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational back in 2013, before a run of both poor form and injury bought his dominance to a crashing halt. "The up and down at 17 was huge", added Woods, who was flying to Paris later Sunday with the USA team for week's Ryder Cup.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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