Published: Mon, September 24, 2018
Sport | By Ashley Hunter

Tiger Woods can win the 2018 FedExCup title. Here's how

Tiger Woods can win the 2018 FedExCup title. Here's how

Woods has the 54-hole lead for the first time since his last victory in 2013 at the Bridgestone Invitational.

But having regained full health after 10 months on the sidelines, Woods produced six top-10 finishes prior to this week and will now move back inside the world's top 20, his relief palpable as he raised both arms in triumph after knocking in his final putt for par on the 18th green. The gallery at East Lake was enormous in anticipation of Woods winning for the first time in more than five years.

You can stream featured hole coverage throughout the day via PGA Tour Live.

Rose looks likely to retain the world No 1 position as well and Thomas Bjorn would take plenty of encouragement from that when his team gathers at Le Golf National near Paris on Monday.

The victor of the FedEx Cup receives a $10 million bonus, and Woods has a shot if Rose falters. I've got a bunch of guys behind me who have been playing well and are playing well.

Woods leads the event in strokes gained putting. Simple maths tell me I don't have to shoot 64 and rely on the help of the others. "This is a spot I'd much rather be in than certainly four or five back". It was a misplayed chip late on the back nine at The Open and a collection of missed putts at the PGA Championship, although in his defense it's unlikely anyone could have caught Brooks Koepka at Bellerive.

The Saturday start was simply mesmerizing. His 20-foot birdie putt on No. 4 tumbled into the centre of the cup with flawless pace.

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Woods, who began the day tied for the lead with Justin Rose at 7 under par, birdied six of his first seven holes on the way to a 5-under 65 to sit alone atop the leaderboard after the third round of the Tour Championship.

The cheers were endless, and there was no doubting what was going on. "But I thought I could sneak it up there and get up on the upslope and have a good angle in there, and it just didn't work out". "What an atmosphere it is out there this week".

But he yanked his drive into punishing rough at the par-four 16th and could only advance his second shot into a bunker, where his ball plugged, forcing him to blast out sideways and leading to a double-bogey. Woods's 80th PGA Tour success, if it comes, will unquestionably be his most significant. But that kind of dominance had been a distant, albeit vivid, memory for Woods, who has had four back operations since spring 2014 and was limited to 12 tour starts from 2015 through 2017.

McIlroy had his game face on as he contemplated the task ahead. On Sunday, he get a front-row seat.

Rose won't be in the final group, but he has plenty on the line even if he doesn't catch Woods.

While Woods could win on Sunday and still not necessarily claim the season-long FedExCup points race and the $10 million bonus that goes with it, Rose's fate is in his own hands.

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