McIlroy in the hunt at Tour Championship

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Tiger Woods last tournament victory was the Bridgestone Invitational in August 2013

The 14-time major victor secured a two-stroke victory at East Lake on Sunday, claiming a first PGA Tour success since the 2013 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

If you're wondering if the draw of Tiger Woods to golf fans has diminished, take a look at the scenes that unfolded on the 18th hole of the final round as Woods and McIlroy approached the green.

As for playing with Woods in the final group on Saturday, Rose added: "I'm very much looking forward to it, in my mind he's the greatest of all time just cause he's in the era I've witnessed".

"Simple math says that if I play a clean card, the guys behind me have to shoot 67 to force it into extra holes", Woods said. "The fight and the grind and the tough conditions". I've seen the way he's been swinging the club and the way he's been playing. "But as the year progressed I found my swing and put the pieces together and I knew I could do it".

"I was not quite as good off the tee today as I was yesterday, but I still gave myself plenty of chances", he said.

"A lot of times they equated golf to pain because every time I did (play) I'd hurt and it'd cause me more pain and now they're seeing a little bit of joy and seeing how much fun it is for me to be able to do this again", Woods said.

Two weeks before the Tour Championship, Rose had climbed to No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking after his playoff loss in the BMW Championship, but Johnson reclaimed the top spot by a slim margin with his Sunday surge in Atlanta.

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To become the first three-time victor, Woods needs some help despite being in a commanding position in The Tour Championship, the FedExCup's playoff finale.

The golfing world has been waiting for the moment the 42-year-old returns to his winning ways, and there's an incredible statistic backing him to do so.

"Tiger's played so well on a very hard golf course and we nearly kind of expected it". Up next, Woods will compete for the USA team in the Ryder Cup in France, beginning on September 28.

Rose, who is now the No. 1 golfer in the world, obtained the 2018 FedEx Cup crown and the $10 million prize despite finishing below Woods (tied for fourth).

Rose opened with two straight bogeys before battling back, but the world's No. 1 player already was four shots behind after four holes.

Kyle Stanley and Spain's Jon Rahm are a further three shots back on six under, six strokes behind Woods.

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