Then, as McIlroy finished up, and before Woods would tap in for par, tap the putter to the ground and raise his arms, he would ward off emotion as he claimed to realize at last one towering "at last".
"As far as greatest comebacks, I think that one of the greatest comebacks in all of sport is the gentleman who won here, Mr Hogan", Woods said ahead of the Masters in April. Coming off a birdie at the par-5 sixth, which left him 8-under for the tournament and one-over on the day, the Ulsterman hit a wild tee shot into the trees to the right of the seventh fairway and made double bogey after a penalty drop. I've still got, I feel like, a chance to play some more golf and maybe I'll keep chipping away at that number and maybe surpass it.
All year, Woods had shown signs of his old self.
Justin Rose, the Englishman, finished tied-fourth to win the $US10 million Fedex Cup bonus with Woods in second place.
"Probably the low point was not knowing if I'd ever be able to live pain-free again", Woods said afterward. In September 2018 he revealed that his back problems surfaced during the 2012 Ryder Cup and forced him to miss a session for the first time. Some of the players have seen what I've gone through, and they know how hard it was just to get back to playing golf again, forget the elite level. Whenever he threatened, most notably at the year's last two majors, the British Open and the PGA Championship, he could not close, a wild deviation from his prime. Down at one stage to 1,199th in the world. If he finishes that way, Woods will win the $10 million prize for the FedEx Cup by winning the Tour Championship. It was really special to see them at the green on 18.
Woods built a five-shot lead halfway through the final round at the Tour Championship in Atlanta on Sunday, moving closer to ending his five-year victory drought. "Obviously had a couple of wins on the PGA TOUR, as well, this year, and managed to keep that going into the Playoffs with finishing the year with three top 5s". Wood's last victory was in 2013 at the Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio.
Woods, who returned in January after missing nearly the entire previous two years with a debilitating back injury, held a three-shot advantage heading into the final round.
The electric mood for Tiger won't be stopping any time soon - with the Ryder Cup fast approaching, expect the crowds to be just as rowdy for Woods this weekend.