10. TIGER WINS SEASON FINALE
Date: Sep. 23, 2018
Event: TOUR Championship
Where: East Lake GC (Atlanta, GA)
Winner Tiger Woods -11 | Runner-up: Billy Horschel -9
Recap: While the close of the Tour Championship was a thrilling, unbelievable scene, most of the final round lacked much in the way of excitement.
Largely off the strength of 5-under 65s on both Thursday and Saturday, Tiger started Sunday with a three-stroke lead, increased that lead by one more with a birdie on the first hole, and while there were not a lot of fireworks on a difficult final day, Hardly any of his top competitors made anything resembling a run at the lead.
Woods’ playing partner, Rory McIlroy, was especially terrible, bringing back memories of how brutal it was to be grouped with Tiger in his prime.
After his opening birdie, Tiger parred out the front-nine to go out in 1-under 34. The back-nine was tougher, and when Tiger carded bogeys on Nos. 10, 15, and 16, there began to be pangs of trouble, as a strong close by 2014 Tour Championship and FedExCup Champion Billy Horschel cut the lead to two holes with two to go.
An impressive up-and-down on 17 for par, basically put an end to that threat, as Tiger reached the final hole with a two-stroke lead on the par-5 18th hole that had not seen a single bogey on the day.
With an absolutely enormous, jubilant crowd following him down the fairway and chanting his name, an admittedly emotional scene for Tiger, he nearly capped his monumental day with a birdie. The putt attempt barely missed the hole, but Tiger was able to tap in for par to seal the deal.
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