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Tiger Woods holds back TEARS in emotional interview after winning Tour Championship

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Tiger Woods claimed the title as Justin Rose captured the FedEx Trophy (Image: GETTY)

Tiger Woods clinched the Tour Championship with an 11-under finish – his first victory since August 2013.

He was mobbed by spectators as he strolled down the fairway on the final hole.

“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.

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

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

Tiger Woods has endured a long road back to the top of the PGA ranks after a string of injuries and bad form over the past five years.

He was ranked 1,199 in the world less than a year ago after undergoing spinal fusion surgery.

He holed out for par on the final hole to secure a round of 71 and stood with his arms high, celebrating the victory.

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Tiger Woods reacts to his victory (Image: GETTY)

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Tiger Woods was on top form on Sunday (Image: GETTY)

“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.”

The title takes Woods’ PGA tally to 80 in his career, with only American Sam Snead ahead of him.

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Fans mob Tiger Woods as he makes his way to the green (Image: GETTY)

The 42-year-old finished two shots clear of Billy Horschel and said: “I had to suck it up and hit some shots. Once I got the ball on the green, it was done. I could handle it from there.

“It was just a grind out there.

“I loved every bit of it, the fight, the grind and the tough conditions.

“At the beginning of the year, it was a tall order but as the year progressed and I proved I could play, I knew I could do it again.”

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Tiger Woods fans watch their hero through their phones (Image: GETTY)

Woods’ Ryder Cup team-mate and old foe Phil Mickelson said of the performance: “He’s played such good golf all year that it is just not surprising.

“Tiger’s played so well on a very difficult golf course and we almost kind of expected it.

“We never doubted he would not win again, not from what I’ve seen he’s been swinging the club and the way he’s being playing.

“It was just a matter of time.”

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Tiger Woods finished on -11 (Image: GETTY)

Horschel, who finished behind Woods, tweeted afterwards: “What can I say! It was awesome to see Tiger back in the winner circle.

“I’ve never seen anything like the 18th hole. Was pretty insane.

“Congrats my man on overcoming so much to get back to the top of that mountain!

“Golf is in an awesome awesome place right now!”

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Tiger Woods celebrates with the fans (Image: GETTY)

Meanwhile, Justin Rose claimed the FedEx Cup despite finishing shared fourth in Atlanta.

“The reason I’m sort of standing here today as FedEx Cup is largely to do with the consistency with which I’ve played, a ton of top-tens,” said Rose.

“I had a couple of wins on the PGA TOUR, as well, this year, and managed to keep that going into the Playoffs with finishing the year with three top-fives.

“There were a lot of scenarios at play this week and that’s what the beauty of this format is. I think obviously for me this year it rewarded consistent golf.

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Justin Rose won the FedEx Cup (Image: GETTY)

“Sometimes the FedEx Cup rewards guys who win at the very end but with obviously maybe Bryson (DeChambeau) opening the door at the beginning part of the week maybe not having his best week, it kind of opened it up for so many guys this week, and clearly there were so many scenarios at play.

“For me, I was trying to do my best to win this golf tournament and scoop the double jackpot.

“But far and away, being next to this trophy is something I’m very, very proud of, and it was -definitely with five, six holes to play, it was pretty precarious.

“I was in a great position around the turn, and then things just got tricky out there.”

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