Woods built a five-shot lead halfway through the final round at the Tour Championship in Atlanta on Sunday, moving closer to ending his five-year victory drought.
The performance also helped Woods move from 20th to second in the final FedEx Cup standings. "And I've done it", Woods said at the time.
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"But somehow I've been able to do that, and here we are". Then, as McIlroy finished up, and before Woods would tap in for par, tap the putter to the ground and raise his arms, he would ward off emotion as he claimed to realize at last one towering "at last".
"It's a feeling that I know and I used to use it for a number of years", Woods said of the Diamana shaft.
He has never lost an official tournament when leading by more than two shots and has won 54 of the 57 PGA Tour events in which he has held the 54-hole lead.
Kyle Stanley and Spain's Jon Rahm are a further three shots back on six under, six strokes behind Woods.
Rose had said it was a bit more unknown, and "there's a lot on it for him" as well as everyone else. "These are insane scenes and I'm sure I'm not the most popular guy for making a birdie on the last but hey, he's got enough money". Heavy rain left the course playing easy, and Woods was one of the players to take advantage of the conditions. "But I think I've been in those spots enough times that muscle memory - I guess I remembered it, and I felt comfortable in those spots". "I had to suck it up and hit some shots".
The 42-year-old Woods delivered the flawless ending to his awesome return from four back surgeries on Sunday with a performance that felt like old times.
"You just had to suck it up and hit shots".
With his last victory coming way back in August 2013 at the Bridgestone Invitational, Woods' ability to return to professional golf at all - let alone win - was in major doubt past year following spinal fusion surgery as he plummeted all the way down to 674th in the world rankings.