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Gary Player has had his say on Tiger Woods' win at the Tour Championship

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Tiger Woods' career may well be heading in the right direction again.

Having won 14 majors in golf in the early years of his career, Woods cemented his place in amongst the all-time greats.

But the fallout from a series of affairs, and the resulting breakdown of his marriage in 2010, saw his career come off the rails.

The issues in his private life, coupled with a series of injuries in recent years, have seen Woods struggle to maintain form and challenge for titles.

There have been signs, however, in recent months that Tiger was showing glimpses of his best again, despite being unable to string titles together.

But on Sunday, Woods went on to claim his first title in five years as he held firm down a nerve-shredding back nine to secure a two-shot victory at the season-ending Tour Championship in Atlanta.

Woods hit a one-over 71 at East Lake to top the elite 30-player field as his closest overnight challengers Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose failed to chase him down.

He started to struggle in the energy-sapping conditions after dropping shots on the 15th and 16th, but a par save at 17th saw him take a two-shot lead down the last.

TOUR Championship - Final Round

Having got his hands on his first tour title for five years, Woods later admitted that he found it hard not to cry walking up the last hole.

"At the beginning of the year, [winning] was a tall order, but as the year progressed and I proved that I could play and I found a swing and put pieces together I knew I could do it again," Woods told Golf Channel.

"I was having a hard time not crying coming up the last hole. I kept saying 'hey, I could still play this out of bounds.' But once I got the ball on the green, I gave (caddie) Joey (LaCava) a high five because I knew it was done.

"After Rory tapped in, I started tearing up a little bit. I just can't believe I've pulled this off."

TOUR Championship - Final Round

Having watched Wood's emotional win, former legend Gary Player shared his thoughts with his followers on Twitter.

"Congratulations @TigerWoods on victory #80 & the emphatic statement winning provides your comeback. Time will tell where & how this ranks in the golf world but I do know this elevates our sport globally like little else has over the past 5 years. Simply superb! ...(cont'd).

"I always said if any player who can win under these circumstances you could and I respect your dedication & commitment. No doubt a Major Championship victory will complete the comeback & 5 Majors for #GOAT status. 2019 is going to be exciting!"

It's hard to disagree with Player. Golf is definitely a better sport with Woods at the top of his game and it's great to see him tussling with the next group of great golfers, including McIlroy.

Additionally, few personalities in sport could come back from what Woods has been through and win at the highest level.

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