North Carolina — The most memorable scene in golf in 2018 was not the conclusion to a Major championship, but rather the sight of a frenzied gallery swarming over the final fairway as a familiar figure stood on the brink of a win some doubted would ever come. Tiger Woods had gone more than five years without a victory when he rolled into Atlanta for the Tour Championship, the September season-ender on the PGA Tour that often ranks as one of the most boring events on the schedule. Not this time, though, thanks to the game’s transcendent figure. As the saying goes, Tiger does not just move the needle, he is the needle. It had already been a successful year for 14-times Major winner Woods, simply by being able to compete without pain again after a successful April 2017 spinal fusion that rectified a potentially career-ending back injury. Woods had already threatened to win several times, including at the final two Majors, dispensing any doubts as to whether he could be competitive agai...

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