Tiger Woods Wins First PGA Championship in Five Years

Tiger Woods. Photo by Mark Newcombe/Visions in Golf/REX/Shutterstock (6047230q)

Tiger Woods accomplished a deserved win on Sunday to clinch the season-ending PGA title, his first since 2013.

The 42-year-old defeated fellow American Billy Horschel by two shots to take home his 80th PGA tour win. Woods now stand behind Sam Snead in title wins. Justin Rose ranked World No. 1 in golfing championships, took home the $10 that comes with winning the FedEx Cup after finishing fourth and beating Woods by the number of strokes in the whole season.

One year ago, Woods had just come out of a spinal injury. He was ranked 1,199. So, when he won the title, it was no surprise that he turned emotional and couldn’t hold off his tears.

“I was having a hard time not crying on that last hole,” Woods said. “I just can’t believe I’ve pulled this off.”

Next week, Woods will be part of the American team headed for the Paris Ryder Cup and could equal Snead’s 82 title championships. Surprisingly, Tiger had almost given up in ever getting back to golf less than one year ago.

After back to back surgeries in his back and leg, the 42-year-old was certain his career was over. He returned to golf in late 2017 and finished ninth in the Hero World Challenge.