Tiger Woods' victory came with ratings spike for NBC

Team USA captain Jim Furyk- Team USA captain Jim Furyk has been spoilt for choice

Team USA captain Jim Furyk has been spoilt for choice Credit AP

Woods has openly said there were points in recent years where he wondered if he could ever live pain-free again, never mind return to the golf course or win a tournament.

During Sunday's Tour Championship final round, my Twitter feed was working overtime.

England's Justin Rose lost his world number one ranking as a result of finishing tied fourth but secured the overall FedEx Cup which determines the season-long PGA Tour champion, the first Englishman to do so.

"So thrilled that young folks have been able to witness this majesty", LPGA veteran Christina Kim added.

Gallery members joined Woods down the 72nd fairway as he finished off his 80th PGA Tour win.

‪Congratulations to our boss on winning the Tour Championship today, marking it his 80th PGA Tour victory and a comeback for the ages. When Woods returned to competition in December, he was rated No. 1,199 in the world. Woods was exposed, and his seemingly ideal life disintegrated.

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Fans were clearly thrilled for the athlete, many chanting Woods' name from the sidelines.

JACK NICKLAUS believes Tiger Woods still has a realistic chance of matching his record tally of 18 major championships. The scandal shattered his image and put his win streak on hold. I just didn't want to live that way. I just didn't know whether this would ever happen again.

Woods has often struggled to deliver his best form in the biennial contests between the United States and Europe, but Furyk said: "When you look at now, maybe comparing past Ryder Cups to this one, I think what's so special is Tiger has ingrained himself in our team atmosphere".

"I remember being in kindergarten and talking about him".

Woods was made to sweat however after a shaky three-over-par 73 on his final round. He hasn't won a green jacket since 2005.

A friend of the golfer told PEOPLE in April that while Woods and Herman may not be tying the knot any time soon, he has developed a fondness for her. "They watched Woods from start to finish, and they were clearly fans of the game and of Tiger". The ensuing celebratory cheering from spectators was uncharacteristic of a golf tournament crowd.

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By dominating golf, Woods elevated the sport to a whole new level. When Woods was dominating the greens at the turn of the millennium, the PGA was at its most popular in modern history.

Woods captured the Tour Championship on Sunday at the East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta.

'We're all delighted for Tiger, this is insane scenes and I'm sure I'm not the most popular guy for making birdie on the last but, hey, he's got enough money'.

He now heads to Paris as part of a US team seeking to win overseas for the first time since 1993. I know they will be boisterous. "Love you", Woods was heard saying to Herman as she wrapped her arms around him.

"He's had a trickle-down effect into women's golf for sure", she said. He does so much for the game of golf.

Doctors doubted whether he would walk again, never mind play golf while in hospital he almost died from blood clots. He said after the second and third back surgeries in the latter end of 2015 that he already has achieved plenty in golf and anything else would be "gravy".

Tiger Woods ends five-year drought with Tour Championship win in Atlanta
Woods also had a chance to win the FedEx Cup, but his hopes were dependent on Rose finishing worse than sixth in the tournament. Woods shot one-over par 71 to win by two shots from Billy Horschel , having led by three shots coming into the final round.

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