Tiger Woods leads the Tour Championship by three strokes at 12-under heading into the final round on Sunday, and he certainly looked ready for competition two hours before he tees off.
And then he touched it off.
A birdie on No. 1 by Woods seemingly sent a shock wave throughout the course, and the old Tiger intimidation factor began to roar.
Woods delivered the flawless ending to his fantastic return from four back surgeries on Sunday with a performance that felt like old times. On one hand, it was astonishing.More news: Chelsea boss Sarri confirms three big names players will miss PAOK clash
With his last victory coming way back in August 2013 at the Bridgestone Invitational, Woods' ability to return to professional golf at all - let alone win - was in major doubt past year following spinal fusion surgery as he plummeted all the way down to 674th in the world rankings. That's 1,876 days, if you're scoring at home.
The magnitude of Woods's 80th PGA Tour victory wasn't lost on the president, who has partnered with Woods in the past. Either one of those players could get hot and run down Woods; McIlroy remains, pound for pound, the best in the game when his putter is on. It might also be the most meaningful victory of his career. Woods admitted that he loved "every bit of it, the fight and the grind and the club conditions". "My body was a wreck". Thus far it has stuck, though, and Woods leveraged a rejuvenated body and fresh swing into a season I'm not sure anyone could have imagined - Woods himself included - at the start of the year. He's repeatedly said that just making to East Lake with this final 30 was a victory.
Tiger Woods is the only two-time victor of the FedExCup, having been victorious in the season-long race's debut in 2007 and then again in 2009.