Tiger Woods 25/1 to Break Nicklaus' Record by Age 50

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Tiger Woods may have grabbed the headlines after winning his first title in five years at the Tour Championship, but it was Englishman Justin Rose who pipped his rival to pick up the most lucrative prize on offer Sunday.

As Woods and his counterparts closed out the 2018 season in the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Course in Georgia on Sunday, all eyes were on the former champ.

Woods had gone five long years without a win, had personal scandals and suffered with a number of injuries that culminated in him undergoing a fourth major back surgery last year. But his struggles have dated back to the highly public unraveling of his marriage and private life almost nine years ago.

The golf star, 42, achieved his first victory in five years by finishing the Atlanta tournament with a final round 71 and a two stroke win over Billy Horschel.

Vanquished, Rory McIlroy compared the scenes which greeted Tiger Woods' first victory in five years to those which saw Jack Nicklaus end a similarly lengthy winless streak almost 40 years ago.

"I think both Thomas and I will pretty much try to get a feel in practise for how our teams are playing, and early on in these matches, you'll get a really good idea of whose game looks like they are in top form, and we'll try to work our pairings accordingly".

Now the attention turns to whether or not Woods can win another major, and his quest to catch Jack Nicklaus' all-time record of 18 major golf championships. I just can't believe I've pulled this off.

All the focus was on Woods however, who is looking to put right a poor Ryder Cup record that is out of keeping with his stunning achievements elsewhere in golf.

Woods admitted he had almost been overcome with emotion as he walked up the 18th fairway.

Ten years ago, when sources revealed that Woods had several extramarital affairs, the world of golf changed.

Fleetwood went on to call Woods' victory "the greatest comeback of all time".

"We don't fear anyone because we've played against them so many times before individually", Bjorn said.

"Not that this event needs more energy brought to it - it's probably the biggest, the grandest event in all of golf - but it [Woods' win] will add that much more excitement, I believe".

"I didn't want to get run over", Woods said with a laugh.

Tiger Woods' victory at the Tour Championship on Sunday has given the entire American Ryder Cup team a "nice buzz", captain Jim Furyk said on Monday.

"I just didn't know whether or when this would ever happen again", he said. It's his 80th PGA Tour victory, putting him only two behind Sam Snead.

He now heads to Paris as part of a US team seeking to win overseas for the first time since 1993.

With the remainder of the 30-man field struggling to make any inroads, Woods then played solid if unspectacular golf to keep a stranglehold on the lead.

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