Tiger Woods has won his first tournament in five years and 80th PGA Tour title of his career after victory in the Tour Championship in Atlanta.
It has been a long road back to the winners’ circle for the American, who has suffered numerous injuries and off-course problems.
Here, Press Association Sport looks at the 42-year-old’s life and career in recent years.
Phoenix not rising
Woods, now determined to return to the pinnacle of golf following his self-imposed years in the wilderness, recorded the worst round of his career in January 2015 as he shot an 11-over-par 82 in Arizona. His second-round performance at the Waste Management Phoenix Open left him 13 over and last in a 132-man field. He had six bogeys, two double bogeys, a triple bogey and two birdies, and missed the cut. Woods told reporters afterwards: “It’s golf, we all have days like this.”
Don’t call it a comeback
In June 2016 he announced he was unable to compete at the US Open, the second major of the year, having been sidelined since the preceding August following two back operations in the space of six weeks. He ended a 15-month absence from the game in November but in January 2017 he missed the cut in his first PGA Tour event in almost 18 months, exiting the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines after finishing his first two rounds on four over par.
The master misses the Masters
Tiger Woods is seeking 5th green jacket. He’s missed the cut in last 3 appearances at majors & hasn’t played the weekend at a major (or broken par in a round at a major) since 2015 Masters. He enters off consecutive top-5 finishes, though, for 1st time since May 2013#TheMasters
The latest in a string of back problems meant the former world number one was unable to contest the 2017 Masters. The chance to compete at Augusta 20 years since he first won the green jacket was denied to Woods who, despite “trying everything” to be fit,
continued to suffer from nerve pain which had required three operations in the space of 19 months. It was the third time in four years he missed out.
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