Tiger woods finally won with two shots to record his first win in five years.
The 42-year-old’s victory in Atlanta was his 80th PGA Tour title which means only Sam Snead has more titles than him at this point.
The 14-time major champion’s has not won a single title since August 2013 at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, since when he has had surgery on his back four times.
Less than a year ago Woods was 1,199 in the world after his last major medical procedure, a spinal fusion surgery.
“I was having a hard time not crying on that last hole,”
“I just can’t believe I’ve pulled this off.” an excited and obviously overwhelmed Woods said.
Thousands of fans followed Woods to the green chanting in support of him.
Woods holed out for par to complete a final round of 71 for an 11-under total before holding his arms aloft in celebration of a brilliant win just days before the Ryder Cup gets under way in Paris.
Woods, who was two clear of compatriot Billy Horschel, said: “I had to suck it up and hit some shots. Once I got the ball on the green, it was done. I could handle it from there.”
“It was just a grind out there,” Woods added. “I loved every bit of it, the fight, the grind and the tough conditions.
“At the beginning of the year, it was a tall order but as the year progressed and I proved I could play, I knew I could do it again.”
He came into the final day of the tournament – the last of four FedEx Cup play-off events – with a three-shot lead over Rose and Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy, who faded from contention with a 74 to finish on five under in a tie for seventh.