Tiger Woods: Thomas Bjorn makes shock Woods claim ahead of the Ryder Cup

Woods rolled back the years to seal an 80th PGA Tour victory yesterday in dramatic fashion at East Lake in Atlanta.

The 42-year-old had been threatening to do something special in fits and spades throughout the season but hadn’t been able to put four top rounds together until the Tour Championship.

He stood arms aloft on the 18th green having sunk the winning putt with a full on circus erupting around him as fans clambered into position to witness the moment.

Tiger Woods now heads for Paris as part of Team USA for the Ryder Cup, and the opposing captain Bjorn admits his rejuvenation is great for the sport ahead of the biggest weekend of the year.

“I spent 25 years playing professional golf with Tiger Woods on the scene, and any time he does anything great, that’s a story and that’s where we want to see him,” he said.

“We want to see him at the top of the game. He does so much for the game of golf, and I thought it was brilliant to watch. It was great for the greater aspect of the game.

“Coming into this week, these are 24 of the best players in the world and this tournament is what it is, and as always, it has its history and it’s a great battle and it is 12 against 12. That’s what we’re looking forward to.


“For the game of golf, Tiger Woods winning golf tournaments is something that’s brilliant and I think we all benefit from it.

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“Whatever it is these 24 guys are going to do this week, the game of golf needs that boost of somebody like him that transcends the game to the masses, it needs him at the top of the game. So for everyone in golf, it’s brilliant.”

Woods was emotional after sealing an historic victory which will go down as one of the greatest sporting comebacks of all time.

He underwent four back surgeries and took nearly two years out of the game. When he returned to the sport last December he was down at 1,199 in the world rankings.

But he is now just two short of Sam Snead’s 82 victories as he sits 13th in the world.

“I was having a hard time not crying on that last hole,” Woods said.

“After Rory (McIlroy) tapped in I started tearing up a little bit.

“I just can’t believe I’ve pulled this off. It’s been tough.

“I’ve had it not so easy the last couple of years and worked my way back and couldn’t have done it without the help of everyone around me,” he said.

“Some of the players I saw after on the 18th green knew what I was struggling with and it was really special to see them there.

“It’s just hard to believe I’ve won the Tour Championship.”

USA captain Jim Furyk thinks the success will bring even more energy to a charged up weekend.

“He’s played really well all year, he was knocking on the door at two majors and had a number of opportunities to win this year, so it’s obviously a nice buzz for our team,” said a delighted US captain Furyk.

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“Just I guess the amount of attention and the buzz around the PGA Championship, around the Tour Championship, the crowd, on the 18th fairway yesterday was amazing.

“It obviously brings, not that this event needs much more energy or that brought to it; it’s probably the biggest, the grandest event in all of golf but it will add that much more excitement, I believe, and you know, it’s exciting either way, but it adds to it.”

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