Tiger Woods, who hasn’t won a PGA Tour event in 5 years, will go into Sunday’s final of the Tour Championship at Atlanta’s East Lake Golf Club with a commanding 3 stroke lead.
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 going into the final round, and his closing record with the lead is 42-2 on the PGA Tour.
Woods played the most dynamic golf he has all year Saturday with six birdies in his opening seven holes to build a five-shot lead. He cooled from there with a few mistakes and had to settle for a 5-under 65 and a three-shot lead over Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose in the Tour Championship.
“I’ve gone through a lot this year to get myself to this point, and understanding and fighting my way through it,” Woods said. “I’m certainly much more equipped than I was in March because of what I’ve gone through.”
Woods has never been in better position to show he’s all the way back from four back surgeries that once made him fear he might never play again.
McIlroy birdied two of his last three holes for a 66.
Wood was at 12-under 198 and will be paired for the first time in final group with McIlroy on the PGA Tour.