McIlroy just anxious about himself at Tour Championship

Elena Summers
September 27, 2018

Tiger Woods reacts to winning the Tour Championship, his first PGA victory in five years.

His Sunday 73 at East Lake Golf club did not earn him a third win for the year, but it was good enough to give the Englishman his first FedEx Cup title and the $10 million prize that comes with it.

Tiger Woods hit 11 of 18 greens in regulation during his second round at the TOUR Championship, finishing at 7 under for the tournament.

Woods bounced back two holes later on the par-5 18th hole, reaching the green in two shots and two-putting for a birdie and move back into a tie with Rose, who also birdied the 18th.

While there are some who lament the way that Woods has taken the lead on a Saturday and turned Sunday into a formality over the course of his career, this win was different because of everything that has lead up to it over the last five years.

Beaming as he was presented with a trophy after the win, Woods said, "It started hitting me that I was going to win the tournament, and I started to tear up a bit" - and that caused the crowd behind him to go wild. "The fight and the grind and the tough conditions". "This is my fourth or fifth time at the Tour Championship, and I've played it pretty well every time I've come here".

But Sunday was about Woods, who played alongside Rory McIlroy and put together a solid round of golf, save a couple bogeys late in his round.

"Yeah, I got off to a nice start", Woods said after carding the best round of the day.


Woods was emotional during the presentation after sealing his 80th win on the PGA Tour.

The 42-year-old had gone more than five years in between victories before his historic win at the PGA Championship on Monday (AEST).

"Tiger's played so well on a very hard golf course and we nearly kind of expected it".

Fellow American Billy Horschel finished two shots back on nine under. Up next, Woods will compete for the USA team in the Ryder Cup in France, beginning on September 28.

The only scenario not now in position after three rounds is Rose, who would need to fall a few spots (and Woods win the tournament) for Woods to win his third FedExCup title.

Kyle Stanley and Spain's Jon Rahm are a further three shots back on six under, six strokes behind Woods.

A bogey on the 10th was a mere blip, with Woods re-establishing a five-shot cushion at 13 under after rolling in a 13-foot birdie putt on the par-four 13th.

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