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He came, he saw, he conquered. A persistent blend of cheers, chatter and combustion followed as Tiger Woods produced a superlative performance while leading the Tour Championship in Atlanta. Yes, Tiger Woods rose like the Phoenix and is back with a bang!
Tiger Woods rose like the Phoenix and is back with a bang!
Tiger Woods says he would "love" to claim his first victory in five years as the American takes a three-shot lead into the final round of the Tour Championship in Atlanta. Woods carded six birdies in his first seven holes en route to a five-under 65 to improve to 12 under at East Lake. Rory McIlroy (66) is tied for second with Justin Rose (68) at nine under.
"This whole season has been pretty remarkable considering where I have come from," said Woods. Woods' last victory came 1,875 days ago in August 2013 when he won the WGC Bridgestone Invitational. He had his latest surgery in April 2017. The 14-time major winner, who is part of the US team for next week's Ryder Cup, has won 54 of 57 PGA Tour events when holding the 54-hole lead.
Tiger Woods says he would "love" to claim his first victory in five years
"I've got a three-shot lead. I've got a bunch of guys behind me that have been playing well and are playing well, and we'll see what happens," added world number 21 Woods. The Tour Championship is the last of four FedEx Cup play-off events that determine the season-long champion on the PGA Tour, with a $10m (£7.6m) bonus on offer. England's world number one Rose would take the FedEx Cup title with victory in the season-ending event.
A high finish could be enough for Rose, with current points leader Bryson DeChambeau struggling on two over. "It was crazy out there for sure, but it's fun," said 2013 US Open champion Rose, who played with Woods during the third round. "It's good to see him exciting the people. I think people maybe didn't realise they missed Tiger until now he's back. "Now people really enjoy watching him play. And that's why everyone is rooting for him, absolutely - except maybe for the other guys on the leaderboard."
Northern Ireland's McIlory will get the chance to partner childhood idol Woods in the final round having finished his third round before Rose. "All I can do is worry about myself," said world number five McIlroy. "It's obviously exciting for the tournament, it's exciting for golf in general that he's up there, but all I can do is concentrate on myself."
At the Tour Championship in Atlanta, Tiger Woods is first with 54 holes and 3 points of superiority compared to opponents Rose and McIlroy. Tiger does not win a PGA Tour event from 2013, when he won it at Bridgestone Invitational (5 years ago). Tiger has lived several dark moments in his life, for example when he made a highway accident in Florida. Many think the accidents happened after his wife found out that he had betrayed her.
Another another episode occurs in Jupiter, Florida on May 29, 2017 when he was arrested and then released on bail for drink driving. He also did 4 back operations and to realize the situations, if someone had told him one year ago that today he would have been at the head of the Tour Championship he wouldn’t have believed it.