Tiger Woods caps comeback with Tour Championship victory

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The outcome of the 2018 Tour Championship was never in doubt on Sunday as Tiger Woods picked up his first victory since 2013 by rolling to a final-round 71 and two-stroke win over Billy Horschel.

The 14-time major victor hit a one-over 71 at East Lake to top the elite 30-player field as his closest overnight challengers Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose struggled to mount any resistance.

But having regained full health after 10 months on the sidelines, Woods produced six top-10 finishes prior to this week and will now move back inside the world's top 20, his relief palpable as he raised both arms in triumph after knocking in his final putt for par on the 18th green.

Rose finished tied for fourth at 6 under to add a FedEx Cup title to his resumé which already included an Olympic gold medal, U.S. Open and world No. 1 ranking. And he's in good position - after a 5-under-par 65, he leads Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose by three shots.

One year ago, Woods was still waiting for his lower back to fuse and wasn't sure he could ever play again.

Woods tapped in for par on the final hole to finish off the win. He won the FedEx Cup in 2014.

Finally: All eyes were on Tiger Woods as he finally ended his title drought.

A birdie on No. 1 by Woods seemingly sent a shock wave throughout the course, and the old Tiger intimidation factor began to roar.

The victory was Woods' 80th on the PGA Tour, two short of the all-time record held by Sam Snead. But for what Woods put his body through over the previous five years and how much his game has evolved even just inside of this season, it was certainly as special and unique a win as he's had in his career. "I loved every bit of it, the fight, the grind and the tough conditions".

Woods' next stop will be next weekend's Ryder Cup.