Tiger Woods shares lead going into weekend at the Tour Championship

Ruben Holloway
September 24, 2018

Woods's 12-under-par aggregate sees Justin Rose and a resurgent Rory McIlroy as his closest challengers. Rose, who made a bogey at the opening hole as Woods converted from 30ft for a birdie, was amongst those battered by a Tiger tsunami. He is on the same mark as McIlroy following a 68 and is the overwhelming favourite to top the FedEx Cup standings on Sunday evening and so collect the $10 million bonus, the biggest payday ever for any English golfer. "And because of that, I felt comfortable when I got to Bay Hill, (and) when I grabbed the lead at The Open Championship", Woods said.

The Tour Championship may have been over before the final round even started as Woods strutted onto the premises wearing a backwards hat and sleeveless shirt with his biceps popping, It felt inevitable at that point, with Woods having been a flawless 23 for 23 closing out PGA Tour events that he led by 3+ strokes through 54 holes, that he would touch off what had already been an incredible season for him to this point.

It was a rollercoaster round of two birdies and three bogeys, with all three bogeys coming on the back line as he looked to close out the win.

"I would love to be able to win this event".

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The victory was Woods' 80th on the PGA Tour, two short of the all-time record held by Sam Snead.

"I don't have to shoot 63 or 64 and hope I get help".

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.

There used to be no chance against Woods when he was atop the leaderboard going into the final round. He is now tied for second. He wound up in a tie for 10th, and then was gone from the PGA Tour for the next 17 months while he recovered from two back surgeries. It was a misplayed chip late on the back nine at The Open and a collection of missed putts at the PGA Championship, although in his defense it's unlikely anyone could have caught Brooks Koepka at Bellerive. He finished two back of Brooks Koepka. He birdied the first hole, then ran off five in a row starting at the third. His first bogey came at the par-3 ninth, and he turned in 30.

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Rose was also pleased with his score, a 67, on a day when he was unable to replicate his first round driving.

"It's all very well winning tournaments", Rose said.

"For the most part, I did that". "I got off to just an ideal start ... and the next thing you know I'm off and running".

"The best way to describe today is I ground out a round", said Woods, a former two-time victor of the season-ending tournament. "It was the kind of day that if I let my focus drop or if I got frustrated or if I did anything wrong, it was the kind of day that could unravel".

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