A wobbly Tiger Woods did just enough to win the Tour Championship and finally end a five-year title drought.
Tiger Woods won't win a major this season.
Ten months later, he could go to as high as No. 13. He began play Sunday paired with McIlroy and held a three-shot lead over McIlroy and Rose. There was nothing showy about what Woods did in the final round at East Lake, and there didn't need to be. Hideki Matsuyama and Rickie Fowler have posted the best rounds Sunday at 65.
-Justin Rose finishing in a three-way tie for fifth or worse.
Of the final six players to tee off Sunday, Woods is the only one who was under par for the final round.
The Tour Championship may have been over before the final round even started as Woods strutted onto the premises wearing a backwards hat and sleeveless shirt with his biceps popping, It felt inevitable at that point, with Woods having been a flawless 23 for 23 closing out PGA Tour events that he led by 3+ strokes through 54 holes, that he would touch off what had already been an awesome season for him to this point. Woods played in 41 PGA Tour events between that victory and this one.
As he tapped in for the win, he raised his hands and grinned, then hugged McIlroy and his caddie, Joe LaCava, as the crowd chanted "U-S-A", a nod to the Ryder Cup next week and a release for the crowd. He won five times in 2013, but injuries cost him the better part of five years.
The magnitude of Woods's 80th PGA Tour victory wasn't lost on the president, who has partnered with Woods in the past.
He entered the week at No. 20 in the FedEx Cup Standings and - for a few moments Sunday - the mathematicians had figured a way he could capture that $10 million season prize in addition to the coveted Tour Championship title.