Tiger Woods ends five-year drought with Tour Championship win in Atlanta

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On Sunday, at the Tour Championship in Atlanta, it came in what was once typical Tiger fashion.

As Tiger Woods strode down the 18th fairway at at Atlanta's East Lake club, thousands of baying fans following close behind, the world of golf and beyond was once again in thrall to the USA star. By the ninth that lead was five, and would remain that way until Billy Horschel produced a late charge and Woods ended up with back-to-back bogeys on the 15th and 16th holes.

With it becoming crystal clear that his long-awaited victory was imminent, an absolutely wild scene formed on the course. Before saying once he got on the 18th green he knew the title was his. It was to the point that other extraneous PGA Tour and NBC Sports personnel moved out of the way, and even Rory McIlroy jogged ahead of Woods either sensing the moment or simply because he was slightly frightened.

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He was just one stroke away from also claiming the FedEx Cup Playoff - and the $US10 million payday that comes with it - but World No. 1 Justin Rose sank his final putt to finish tied for fourth at six-under.

Justin Rose holds the FedEx Cup after the Tour Championship golf tournament at East Lake Golf Club.

He has never been in better position to show he's all the way back from four back surgeries that once made him fear he might never play again. Wood's last victory was in 2013 at the Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio.

"It's certainly up there with obviously all the major championships I've won, Players, World Golf Championships".

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"He's played such good golf all year that it is just not surprising", Mickelson said.

"I can't believe I've pulled this off after." he said before his face screwed up in emotion and he tried to hide his face.

If history is anything to go by, Woods has never lost a 54-hole lead of more than two shots and has converted 42 of the 44 tournaments where he was alone atop the leaderboard going into the final round - suggesting something special is about to happen.

"It's been tough. I've had a not-so-easy last couple of years". And when he finally missed a fairway at No. 7, Woods hit a 9-iron from the bunker that hopped out of the first cut to about 5 feet for a sixth birdie in seven holes.

Not since Ben Hogan won the US Open in 1950 a year after a serious auto accident in which he fractured his pelvis, collarbone and left ankle has there been a comeback of this nature in the sport.

He will head to France this week for the Ryder Cup back somewhere near the peak of his powers, and with Sam Snead's record of 82 US Tour victories in his immediate sights. Projections have Woods climbing as high as No. 13 in the world - less than 12 months since he returned to golf in December as the No. 1199 ranked golfer in the world.

"But I think I've been (there) enough times that muscle memory (should be enough); this is a spot I'd much rather be in".

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