Justin Rose claims FedEx Cup title as Woods wins Tour Championship

Tiger Woods has stormed to a commanding lead during the third round of the Tour Championship

SAM GREENWOOD GETTY IMAGES Tiger Woods has stormed to a commanding lead during the third round of the Tour Championship

McIlroy was one of three players to sign for the next best total, a 4-under 66, as he reached 9-under and booked a tee time with his boyhood idol late Sunday afternoon. The clean strike of an iron as he held his pose. I've got a bunch of guys behind me who are playing well. "We all knew it was just a matter of time".

Tiger Woods stood on the brink of his first victory for more than five years after opening a three-shot lead over Justin Rose and Rory McIlroy in the third round of the Tour Championship in Atlanta on Saturday.

Of his Tour Championship victory, he said: "I was having a hard time not crying on that last hole".

He endured four back operations in recent years that left him wondering if he would play the game again.

"Obviously I had a plan A today of trying to get out there and challenge Tiger and try to win the Tour Championship, but that wasn't to be so plan B quickly came into the equation". "I'm certainly much more equipped than I was in March because of what I've gone through".

Tiger Woods celebrates his Tour Championship win.

"I've had it not so easy the last couple of years and worked my way back and couldn't have done it without the help of everyone around me. It's exciting for golf in general that he's up there", McIlroy said.

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"I've gone through a lot this year to get myself to this point and understanding and fighting my way through it. Go out there, take care of my business, and hopefully that's good enough".

-Justin Rose finishing in a three-way tie for fifth or worse.

Woods was in the greenside bunker, but splashed out and two putted for par before raising up his arms triumphantly in the air while the crowds chanted his name. He made a comeback with a birdie at No. 13 and had consecutive bogeys during the 15th and 16th holes.

At Augusta in April Woods described himself as a "walking miracle" and says he now realizes just how lucky he is.

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 U.S. star. He wound up with a hard-earned 68.

"It was not the week here I would have liked heading into any big tournament but next week in France is going to be totally different with different grass, different course and different everything so we'll see", Mickelson said.

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