Tiger Woods is the new oddsmakers favorite to win 2019 Masters

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Tiger Woods claimed the PGA Tour Championship, more than five years after his previous tournament win, finishing off a historic comeback season.

Woods, chasing an 80th PGA Tour title of his career, took a three-shot lead over Justin Rose and Rory McIlroy into the last day at East Lake.

Woods, who finished with an 11-under-par aggregate 269, raised his arms in delight after the victory, with several thousand fans ringing the green roaring appreciation.

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

"Once I got the ball on the green I gave Joey [La Cava, his caddie] a high five because it was was done and I could handle that from there".

It had become very clear that Rose wasn't going to win the tournament early on as Tiger Woods increased his advantage over the field from the first, and by the ninth was ahead by five. The fight, the grind, the tough conditions.

The group of golfers he competed against included 18 of the top 20 players in the game; his win ended a five-year period in which he had no titles to his name.

"I knew what the scenarios were".

"It's been unbelievable, to get to this level again, I didn't know if that would happen again and lo and behold, here we are", he told CNN's Patrick Snell after securing the Tour Championship at Atlanta's East Lake Golf Club. Obviously plan A was to try to win the tournament and plan B was to do enough to win the FedExCup.

Woods has the 54-hole lead for the first time since his last victory in 2013 at the Bridgestone Invitational.

The 14-time major victor was nearly robotic during a third round of five-under-par 65, which elevated him to 12 under - three shots ahead of playing partner Justin Rose (68) and Rory McIlroy (66).

The 42-year-old returned to golf this season after missing most of the previous two years with a debilitating back injury.

Two weeks before the Tour Championship, Rose had climbed to No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking after his playoff loss in the BMW Championship, but Johnson reclaimed the top spot by a slim margin with his Sunday surge in Atlanta.

But a back-nine slip-up came when Woods flared his tee shot into the right rough on the 16th, which ultimately resulted in a bogey.

Woods will be partnered with Rose on Saturday at 7-under, and the pair will try to hold off Rory McIlroy, who is now third at 5-under, and Justin Thomas, who is in a four-way tie for fourth at 4-under.