American golfer Tiger Woods has won the Tour Championship in Atlanta, his first victory in five years.

The 14-times major winner took a three shot lead into today’s final round and carded a one over par 67 to finish on 11 under for the tournament and seal a two stroke victory over compatriot Billy Horschel.

It’s 42-year-old Wood’s 80th PGA Tour victory and first since 2013.

The victory moves him to second on the all-time PGA winners list behind Sam Snead (82).

Woods spent 10 months on the sidelines last year while recovering from spinal fusion surgery and only started to make full golf swings in mid-October.

He returned to the US PGA Tour in January, and until today had racked up two runner-up results among six top 10s and 11 top 25s this season.

He came into the final day of the tournament – the last of four FedEx Cup play-off events – with a three-shot lead over England’s world number one Justin Rose and Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy, who faded from contention with a four-over 74 to finish on five under in tied seventh.

Woods birdied his first hole – one of two birdies and three bogeys – with his place at the top of the leaderboard in little danger during the final round.

The win comes less than a year since Woods said he might never return to competitive golf following multiple back operations.

In April 2017 he had his third surgery in 19 months to try and cure pain in his back and leg.

 

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