Sunday Tiger Woods ended his victory drought by winning the PGA Tour Championship. The win capped off a fantastic tournament run for Woods who was always near the top or at the top of the leader board heading into Sunday’s action. It also notched win number 80 for Woods, thus putting him in second of most wins behind Sam Snead’s 82 victories.
Since returning to the tour last November, Woods has had some pretty impressive moments in tournaments showing flashes of his former self, all of which culminated in Woods going 65-68-65 into Sunday’s final round.
Donning his classic Sunday red shirt, Woods always maintained a comfy lead through the front nine, even going 5 shots over Billy Horschel with a birdie on the 13th. But the East Lake course gave Woods a challenge as he would bogey a few holes and cut his own lead down. At one point Woods had reportedly 25,000 people at the hole with him at any given time. They knew that something special was brewing for Woods and didn’t want to miss the magical moment.
His winning putt was not special, he didn’t sink a long putt or eagle the hole, but the moment the ball went in it was like a weight was lifted off his shoulders. He ended a 1876 day drought of not winning with his final putt and the emotion was evident on his face. Which given his back injury and long rehab I’m surprised he didn’t start crying on the 18th hole because it felt like this moment was never going to come.
The best part though was seeing how excited everyone else was for Woods, from the camera guys, broadcasters, his agent, and fellow golfers Ricky Fowler and even his partner for the day Rory McIlroy were excited Woods was back in the winners circle. I saw an interesting tweet from Skratch that shows a video of people doubting that Woods would ever win again and boy am I glad they were wrong.
Here’s hoping that Woods can carry the momentum of this win into next week’s Ryder Cup, but more importantly here’s to the many more wins Woods will add to his impressive resume next season.
Also congrats to Justin Rose on winning the Fedex Cup for the first time in his career. He truly has played well throughout the season and most importantly the playoffs to earn his #1 world ranking.