Athletes and fans hail Tiger Woods comeback victory in Atlanta

Tiger Woods holds up the Clamity Jane Putter after winning the TOUR Championship 2018

And that's just what was happened on Sunday night as Woods won the season-ending Tour Championship by two shots from Billy Horschel.

For a while it looked like the American might also win the FedEx Cup before Rose's late birdie on the 18th ensured a T4 finish to maintain his spot atop of the overall standings.

But on Sunday, fellow golfers, fans and celebrity athletes took to social media to hail the "comeback of all comebacks". "I loved every bit of it, the fight and the grind and the tough conditions". He said as part of his recovery process he had to work around his back injury.

"I was having a hard time not crying on that last hole", Woods said.

Beaming as he was presented with a trophy after the win, Woods said, "It started hitting me that I was going to win the tournament, and I started to tear up a bit" - and that caused the crowd behind him to go wild.

Today's victory is Woods' 80th PGA Tour win, leaving him second only to Sam Snead, who had 82.

"Beginning of the year, that was a tall order (expecting to win) but as the year progressed I proved I could play", he said. He won even though he surrendered three-fifths of the five-shot lead he carried through much of the day, a lead so gaping it appeared he could have finished up tidily using a wooden spoon and a spatula. Jason Day was the best of them in 18 place, Cameron Smith was 20 and Marc Leishman 21.

Tiger Woods celebrates his Tour Championship win.

Tiger Woods wins the 2018 Tour Championship
Tiger Woods wins the 2018 Tour Championship

Not bad for a 42-year-old with four back surgeries who returned to competition in December at No. 1,199 in the world.

Wearing his customary Sunday Red shirt (with collar), the rock-steady Woods posted a 1-over round of 71, bringing his victorious final tally to 11-under. He carded six birdies on the first seven holes, which even drew the attention of National Basketball Association star Stephen Curry, who tweeted at Woods, "I want whatever you had for breakfast this morning!" Wood's last victory was in 2013 at the Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio.

"Congrats, Rosie", Woods told him.

Woods eventually won by two shots with victory all-but guaranteed by a trademark, laser-like iron approach to the final hole.

"It means a lot more to me now in the sense because I didn't know if I'd ever be out here again playing - doing this again". I've had a not-so-easy last couple of years.

"I never dreamed Tiger Woods would come back and swing the way he has after surgery".

The next stop for Woods is to board a plane with the rest of his USA teammates for France and the Ryder Cup.

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