ATLANTA (AP) — Tiger Woods is three shots ahead and one round away from capping his comeback season with a victory.
Woods played the most dynamic golf he has all year with six birdies in his opening seven holes, building as much as a five-shot lead before he cooled off for a 5-under 65 and a three-shot lead over Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose in the Tour Championship.
He has the 54-hole lead for the first time since his last victory in 2013 at the Bridgestone Invitational. He has never lost an official tournament when leading by more than two shots.
Woods has never been in better position to show he's all the way back.
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Woods, whose last win came in August 2013, had a three-shot lead heading into the final round in Atlanta after shooting a 5-under 65 in Saturday’s third round. He wrapped up Sunday with a 1-over 71.
Still regaining form after a series of back injuries, Woods will have to wait for his chance to win a major again — his last came at the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines. Sunday's victory will pay other dividends, though. Woods had dropped all the way to 1,199 in the world rankings at the end of 2017, but his play over the past couple of months has him back among the top 25 and climbing.