Tiger Woods reveals what Rory McIlroy said to him on 18th hole
28 September, 2018, 15:28 | Author: Isabel Grant
The spiralling interest in the Ryder Cup means the biennial golf showpiece hardly needs hyping up but the stunning return to form of Tiger Woods, culminating in his first tournament victory for five years on Sunday, has undoubtedly added some extra French frisson to the event starting in Paris on Friday.
Woods'Tour Championship win was not just popular in the Woods household and among the masses of golf fans; it was wildly popular among his fellow players, with many of his Ryder Cup teammates waiting on the 18th green to congratulate him after his win Sunday.
But after back fusion surgery threatened to end Woods's career he has returned a different, more approachable character and many of his team-mates hung around at East Lake to see him win. But his struggles have dated back to the highly public unraveling of his marriage and private life almost nine years ago.
Rose started the final round in equal second place three shots behind Woods but could only manage a three-over-par 73 to finish equal fourth for the tournament.
Speaking after Woods ended a five-year victory drought at the Tour Championship, "The Golden Bear" said he thought the 42-year-old would be able to compete at the highest level for another decade or so.
"I can't believe I pulled this off", Woods said during the trophy presentation.
"You prepare yourself 80-90 percent, and then you know there's a few little bits that can move", Bjorn said.
"It wasn't pretty at times but I got the job done when it mattered down the stretch".
Woods was on course to break Jack Nicklaus' record of 18 major championship titles, having already won 14 majors. "Just I guess the amount of attention and the buzz around the PGA Championship, around the Tour Championship, the crowd. on the 18th fairway yesterday was unbelievable".
In seven appearances he has won 13 and lost 17 of his 33 matches, including just half a point from four matches on his last appearance, in 2012. It never came too close to Woods surrendering the lead, and the story became even more interesting with there being a chance for Woods to also win the FedEx Cup playoffs.
The former world No. 1 played his final round alongside McIlroy, whose own hopes of victory dissipated after he carded a disappointing 74, but was full of admiration for his one-time golfing idol.
And then Woods won for the first time in more than five years. Woods is playing in the Ryder Cup with the rest of Team USA. "I didn't know if this would ever happen again", he said. "I can only think of Muhammad Ali, Bob Champion maybe, something like that maybe", he said.
Woods was made to sweat however after a shaky three-over-par 73 on his final round.
He now heads to Paris as part of a US team seeking to win overseas for the first time since 1993.
The victory was Woods' 80th on the PGA Tour and puts him just two wins behind Sam Snead who holds the all-time record with 82. But there is a difference this time round that speaks of sport's deeper connection to the trials and agonies of normal life.
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