Tour Championship: Tiger Woods, Justin Rose share halfway lead

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The 14-time major victor, chasing a first victory since 2013, carded seven birdies in a 65 that took him to 12 under and opened up a three-shot lead over Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose at East Lake.

Tiger Woods, lower center, and Rory McIlroy, lower left, emerge from a horde of fans following Tiger on their way to the 18th green on the final day of the Tour Championship in Atlanta. The roars were earsplitting as Woods stepped into the sand trap and sent the shot just a few feet from the hole. "Once I got the ball on the green I gave Joey a high-five because it was done".

"It's certainly up there with obviously all the major championships I've won, Players, World Golf Championships".

"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. "The fight and the grind and the tough conditions".

"I got off to an ideal start", Woods said. If I could somehow piece together a golf swing this year, I felt like I could do it.

"Yeah, I got off to a nice start", Woods said after carding the best round of the day.

FOR the first time in 1876 days, Tiger Woods has tasted a tour victory.

Billy Horschel closed the gap to four shots after after a four-under-par final round 66, but Woods looked to be in control.

Rose birdied the 18th at East Lake for a 73 to seal the top-five finish he needed to win the $10 million (£7.6 million) bonus on offer as FexEx Cup champion.

He fired a 62 earlier this month and has also done enough to force himself into the U.S. team for next week's Ryder Cup.

The 42-year-old returned to golf this season after missing most of the previous two years with a debilitating back injury.

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.

Although Woods had not won a tournament before Sunday's win at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, he had two runner-up finishes and six top 10 finishes in 17 events.

But a back-nine slip-up came when Woods flared his tee shot into the right rough on the 16th, which ultimately resulted in a bogey.

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.