Social media explodes over Tiger Woods' 80th win

Social media explodes over Tiger Woods' 80th win

Social media explodes over Tiger Woods' 80th win

The 42-year-old, 14-time major victor carded a one-over-par 71 at Atlanta's East Lake Golf Course to claim the 80th title of his glittering career.

As Woods walked to the 18th green, the gathered crowd began to bleed onto the course, chanting Tiger's name and "USA! USA!"

"It was just a grind out there, and I loved every bit of it", Woods said on NBC immediately after the round.

Speaking at the presentation where he received the FedExCup trophy and a copy of Bobby Jones "Calamity Jane" putter, he added: "When Rory was tapping out, all of a sudden it was hitting me that I was going to win the tournament and I started tearing up a little bit".

"I've been sitting on 79 for about five years now and to get 80 is a pretty damned good feeling", he said.

A Woods victory would be an 80th PGA Tour triumph and take him to within two wins of Sam Snead's all-time 82 Tour victories. I have had it not so easy the last couple of years.

Meanwhile England's Olympic champion Justin Rose ensured he walks off with the FedEx Cup playoff title after finishing on six under for a share of fourth.

Woods considered himself lucky to play in December of 2017 at the Hero World Challenge after undergoing a spinal fusion.

"Probably the low point was not knowing if I'd ever be able to live pain-free again", Woods said afterward.

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He fired a 62 earlier this month and has also done enough to force himself into the U.S. team for next week's Ryder Cup.

"I just can't believe I've pulled this off". To be able to have shared what I did with them at the Open this year, I had a chance, I had the lead.

Woods, widely regarded as one of the greatest golfers in the world, has been an influential figure for the sport with his star appeal and multi-million dollar endorsements.

Woods won for the first time in more than five years.

"When you have such a long time between victories, getting that first one is the most important", Robert Littal, editor at website Blacksportsonline, told Al Jazeera.

"Sometimes the FedEx Cup rewards guys who win at the very end, but with obviously maybe Bryson (DeChambeau) opening the door at the beginning part of the week, maybe not having his best week, it kind of opened it up for so many guys this week", Rose said. Bryson DeChambeau, the leader coming into the Tour Championship, is tied for 21st.

His last PGA Tour victory was in August 2013, when he won the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio, by seven strokes over Keegan Bradley and Henrik Stenson.

The 42-year-old, who has won 14 majors, raised his arms in delight when he finished 11-under-par, as thousands of fans cheered in celebration.

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