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Tiger Woods Wins Again

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Tiger Woods claimed his first title in five years as he held firm down a nerve-shredding back nine to secure a two-shot victory at the season-ending Tour Championship in Atlanta.

The 14-time major winner hit a one-over 71 at East Lake to top the elite 30-player field as his closest overnight challengers Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose struggled to mount any resistance.

An 80th PGA Tour title for Woods sees the American cap a remarkable season, in which he has defied sceptics, in fitting fashion but Rose did enough, despite a late scare, to win the FedExCup and its $10m (£7.6m) jackpot with a share for fourth-place.

ormer FedExCup champion Billy Horschel finished the week at nine-under, after setting the clubhouse target, in second spot, with Dustin Johnson, who returned to the summit of the world rankings, two shots further back in third as Rose joined Hideki Matsuyama and Webb Simpson at six under.

Woods held a three-shot lead over European Ryder Cup duo McIlroy, another former FedExCup champion, and Rose but while they struggled to maintain their showing over the opening three rounds, the 42-year-old delivered another assured round.
He wasted no time in extending his advantage as he converted a nine-foot birdie putt at the first, while playing partner McIlroy saw his remaining hopes disappear with a double bogey on the seventh after a wild drive into the trees.

Rose, like McIlroy, would have hoped for a fast start – just like the one Woods enjoyed on Saturday – but the Englishman hit the turn in 36 after mixing a birdie with two dropped shots.

Woods dropped his first shot of the day on the 10th, but responded with a birdie at the 13th and saw his hopes of coupling the win the FedExCup bonanza increase as Rose’s commanding stranglehold slipped away with three bogeys in the space of five holes.

Horschel carded a front nine two-under 35 and recovered from a bogey at the 10th to make three gains, including a closing birdie to finish with a four-under 66 while Johnson also harboured hopes of winning the FedExCup before he was forced to settle for a par at the 18th and a three-under 67.

Woods was also stumbling in the energy-sapping conditions after dropped shots on the 15th and 16th, but a par save at 17th saw him take a two-shot lead down the last.

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