Tiger Tracker: Shot-by-shot recap of Tiger Woods' final-round 71, win at East Lake

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Tiger Tracker: Shot-by-shot recap of Tiger Woods' final-round 71, win at East Lake

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Tiger Tracker: Shot-by-shot recap of Tiger Woods' final-round 71, win at East Lake

The day is finally here.

Tiger Woods earned his first PGA Tour win in over five years on Sunday at the Tour Championship. It was his 80th PGA Tour win overall. Woods was never threatened on Sunday, as he fired a 1-over 71 for a two-shot win.

What a moment, what a day. Here’s a look back at this historic Sunday, shot by shot:

Hole No. 18: Par 5, 572 yards

OFF THE TEE (5:46 p.m. ET): WTiger surprisingly takes driver and he just roasts this one down the right-center. Beautiful. Absolutely beautiful. Tiger is going to win the Tour Championship and maybe the FedEx Cup. Wow, wow, wow.

APPROACH SHOT (5:52 p.m. ET): Tiger from 227 yards with a 5-iron … not his best. This one comes up short in the greenside bunker. Lie is good in there, though. He’s there in two on the par 5 and a bogey or better wins the tournament. So he’s golden. Tiger will not win the FedEx Cup, though. Justin Rose birdied to move from T-7 to T-4. Woods needed to win and have Rose finish in a three-way tie for fifth to capture the FedEx Cup title. Now, a Woods win actually secures Rose the FedEx Cup. Lol.

AROUND THE GREEN (5:55 p.m. ET): Blasts out to about 6 feet. He’ll have three putts to win.

ON THE GREEN (5:58 p.m. ET): Not his best putt, but Tiger taps in for par and a two-shot win. IT’S HERE!!! Tiger’s first win in five years is here!!! Absolute chills. This is so awesome.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1-over 71 (11 under overall, 1st)

Hole No. 17: Par 4, 422 yards

OFF THE TEE (5:33 p.m. ET): We aren’t quite home yet. Tiger slips on this 3-wood and this tee shot goes left into the rough. That puts bogey into play on this hole. If he does par, the win should be locked up. A bogey still means a 1-shot lead coming to a closing par 5, which means he should be fine but you don’t know at that point. We’ll see.

APPROACH SHOT (5:37 p.m. ET): This one was deep down in the rough and Tiger digs down with a wedge from 113 yards and this one launches over the green into the rough. It actually reaches the gallery, which should mean a decent lie. Some green to work with. Not a tough up and down. But he would very much like an up and down here, as a par and a two-shot lead to a closing par 5 would be much more comfortable than a one-shot cushion.

AROUND THE GREEN (5:41 p.m. ET): Nicely done. Tiger chips that about 4 feet short of the cup. If he can coax in that par putt, he’ll take a two-shot lead to a closing par 5. That would basically seal the win. Also, Tiger is currently projected to capture the FedEx Cup. If Woods wins and Justin Rose makes par or worse on No. 18, TW captures the FedEx Cup.

ON THE GREEN (5:43 p.m. ET): YES. OK, the tense moment is over. Tiger pars and takes a 2-shot lead to the 72nd hole. He’s all but wrapped up the Tour Championship, and the FedEx Cup crown is within his site.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over through 17 (11 under overall, 1st)

Hole No. 16: Par 4, 454 yards

OFF THE TEE (5:20 p.m. ET): Tiger takes 3-wood here and this is pulled a touch into the left rough. That may’ve dug now, too. Not ideal. But it seems that Tiger just needs to play his final three holes in 2 over or better and he will win. So no need to panic.

SECOND SHOT (5:23 p.m. ET): Tiger has to lay up as trees are in his way and the lie was brutal. He does just that as he wedges forward into the fairway.

THIRD SHOT (5:26 p.m. ET): That was close to being a perfect wedge, but also being close to disaster. This one lands beyond the green barely in the rough and spins back out and back into the fringe. If this lands a yard shorter, this stops in the fringe and spins back close to the hole. If it lands a yard farther, Tiger is stuck in the rough and having to make a great up and down to avoid double. He’ll have a 25-footer for par from the fringe. Should be bogey, and that is fine.

ON THE GREEN (5:31 p.m. ET): A good putt, but Tiger just misses right by a couple of inches. Perfect speed, so a tap-in bogey. Tiger’s lead is down to two. But a 1-over finish in his last two wins, and he has a par 5 to finish.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over through 16 (11 under overall, 1st)

Hole No. 15: Par 3, 226 yards

OFF THE TEE (5:10 p.m. ET): OK, Tiger fans … you can breathe again. Tiger’s ball lands in the rough just over the water, and his ball hits into that upslope in the rough and heads toward the drink but holds up in the rough. So yes, he is on dry land. Water would’ve been disaster. He can get up and down for par from there.

AROUND THE GREEN (5:15 p.m. ET): Tiger safely chips that about 7 feet short of the cup. That is just fine. Good look at par.

ON THE GREEN (5:18 p.m. ET): Not his best putt. That one falls off to the right and misses on the right. It’s a bogey, but his lead is three with three to play. (Horschel birdied No. 18 to move to 9 under.)

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even through 15 (12 under overall, 1st)

Hole No. 14: Par 4, 536 yards

OFF THE TEE (4:52 p.m. ET): Terrific. Driver down the right side of the fairway and that is another pretty one. He has not looked rattled for a second today.

APPROACH SHOT (4:59 p.m. ET): This is a freaking clinic. Tiger just lasers in a 6-iron from 200+ and this finishes 15 feet left and under the cup. Another good birdie look, basically no chance at bogey.

ON THE GREEN (5:05 p.m. ET): Even his misses look amazing today. That putted look potentially online for a while but it just wiggled left late and trickled by the left edge. He taps in for par and his lead remains five.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under through 14 (13 under overall, 1st)

Hole No. 13: Par 4, 448 yards

OFF THE TEE (4:40 p.m. ET): Just a picture-perfect driver down the right side of the fairway. Tiger’s lead actually is cut to four after Billy Horschel birdies 15 to move to 8 under. But this is still heading Tiger’s way.

APPROACH SHOT (4:44 p.m. ET): Tiger plays a sawed off lower fade here and this is a beauty that finishes about 10 feet under the cup. He is just making this look too easy right now.

ON THE GREEN (4:49 p.m. ET): Nothing could’ve stopped that putt from going in. Just on a string dead center, and he walks it in. Never for a second looked like it was going to miss. That birdie restores Woods’ five-shot lead. If it only seemed like a matter of time before TW’s win today, now it really feels like it.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under through 13 (13 under overall, 1st)

Hole No. 12: Par 4, 375 yards

OFF THE TEE (4:29 p.m. ET): Tiger takes a fairway wood off the tee, and this is a beauty down the right side of the fairway. He’ll have a wedge in from there. No problems. Still cruising.

APPROACH SHOT (4:33 p.m. ET): This one from Tiger is a laser. He fires this 117-yard wedge a bit right and beyond the flag, and it stops about 10 feet from the cup. A downhill putt there, but a good birdie look. At the very worst, he’s not losing any part of his lead.

ON THE GREEN (4:37 p.m. ET): A nice effort, but just hit a touch too soft. This one was really fast and turned a good deal left. This was on line for a while, but it really turned left as it trickled to the cup and missed the left edge by a half-inch. This finishes a foot beyond the cup and Tiger pars. A five-shot lead with six to play.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even through 12 (12 under overall, 1st)

Hole No. 11: Par 3, 214 yards

OFF THE TEE (4:22 p.m. ET): This is just textbook. Tiger plays a 7-iron that lands a bit left and under the hole and rolls to 15 feet left of the cup and pin-high. Just incredible execution to his game plan, that one couldn’t have been more than a foot off from where he was trying to land it. That’ll be a decent birdie look. Tiger’s lead is back to five, by the way, as Rose bogeyed this hole.

ON THE GREEN (4:26 p.m. ET): That birdie putt was meh and actually rolled close to 3 feet by as it scurried by on the left. But he does clean up for par and holds a five-shot lead with seven to play.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even through 11 (12 under overall, 1st)

Hole No. 10: Par 4, 427 yards

OFF THE TEE (4:06 p.m. ET): One of his worst swings today. He blocks this 3-wood to the right and that lands amongst gallery and trees. It appeared to kick farther right, which actually might be a break to give him an avenue to the green. We’ll see.

SECOND SHOT (4:09 p.m. ET): He did not get lucky, in fact. He had trees in his way and had to punch out down the fairway. This one trickles into left intermediate, but it’s still a solid layup. He’ll have a wedge third.

THIRD SHOT (4:12 p.m. ET): That’s pretty mediocre. This one finishes about 25 feet beyond the pin. This will likely be a two-putt and we’re probably going to have to accept bogey here. That’s a lot easier when the lead is five.

ON THE GREEN (4:15 p.m. ET): Yep, bogey. Oh well. Tiger lagged that about a foot right of the cup and taps in for bogey. It seems like he just accepted it knowing it’s not going to kill him. Nobody is challenging him today, so it seems like just maintain and he’ll win.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even through 10 (12 under overall, 1st)

Hole No. 9: Par 3, 201 yards

OFF THE TEE (3:57 p.m. ET): It’s clear Tiger has a game plan today: Aim for very safe spots, avoid mistakes. This ball finishes about 35 feet right and under the cup and he liked it. Had to be right about where he was aiming. Up ahead, Rose three-putted for bogey. So Tiger’s lead is back to five.

ON THE GREEN (4:01 p.m. ET): OK, no harm done. This big right-to-lefter comes up about 18 inches short of the cup. He taps in for par. He takes a five-shot lead to the back nine.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under through 9 (13 under overall, 1st)

Hole No. 8: Par 4, 459 yards

OFF THE TEE (3:41 p.m. ET): This driver is lost to the right. This ends up in the fairway bunker and gets to the front end of the bunker. The lip might be too close for him to reach the green from there. He may have to lay up with a wedge over that lip. We’ll see. By the way, Rose makes birdie up ahead so Tiger’s lead is down to four.

APPROACH SHOT (3:46 p.m. ET): Well nevermind! Tiger is able to get this on the green from 174 yards and that was really good. He’ll have some 50 feet for birdie, but considering where he was in that bunker, that was an excellent shot.

ON THE GREEN (3:52 p.m. ET): Terrific lag. Great stuff there. This one rolls just right of the cup and maybe 2 feet past. He taps in for par from there. His lead is down to four, but he’s still cruising.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under through 8 (13 under overall, 1st)

Hole No. 7: Par 4, 491 yards

OFF THE TEE (3:24 p.m. ET): This fairway wood is pretty down the right side of the fairway. Perfect.

APPROACH SHOT (3:30 p.m. ET): This one lands about 2 feet from the pin and rolls about 20 feet beyond the cup. That one was right at the pin, so Tiger is still flowing.

ON THE GREEN (3:37 p.m. ET): Tiger lags this one to about a foot and taps in for par. The lead is still five.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under through 7 (13 under overall, 1st)

Hole No. 6: Par 5, 507 yards

OFF THE TEE (3:09 p.m. ET): This is another great driver. It’s blasted down the right-center of the fairway. He’ll have an iron for his second, and he has to think anything worse than birdie here now is a disaster.

APPROACH SHOT (3:13 p.m. ET): Uhh … Tiger drops the club on the follow through as he hates this shot. This 4-iron from 217 yards comes out as a low draw but actually doesn’t turn out too badly. This screamer lands a few feet from the cup and races into the rough beyond the green. Looks like that one sat down and could leave a tricky one, but he’ll have a 30-foot chip for eagle.

AROUND THE GREEN (3:17 p.m. ET): Flubs that one, terrible. It goes maybe 5 feet in front of him. That’ll leave him a quick 25-footer for birdie from the fringe.

ON THE GREEN (3:21 p.m. ET): Tiger has to be cautious with this one and leaves it a few feet short. But he does clean up for par. That’s a pretty bad par, but his lead is still five.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under through 6 (13 under overall, 1st)

Hole No. 5: Par 4, 446 yards

OFF THE TEE (2:54 p.m. ET): Thumbs up on that one. This driver finds the left-center of the fairway, and that is ideal. Much better swing with the big stick than on the previous hole.

APPROACH SHOT (3:00 p.m. ET): Another solid, safe shot. This one from 121 yards lands and stops about 18 feet right of the pin. Justin Rose bogeyed up ahead, so Tiger now has a FIVE-shot lead. And he has a decent look at birdie here.

ON THE GREEN (3:05 p.m. ET): What a good putt, but it was fractions to far left. That ball trickles and trickles and just inches over the left edge and doesn’t drop. A quarter-inch farther right and that probably curls in. But even with par, his lead moves from 4 to 5. He is cruising with a par 5 coming.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under through 5 (13 under overall, 1st)

Hole No. 4: Par 4, 440 yards

OFF THE TEE (2:40 p.m. ET): Tiger’s first mistake of the day. He takes driver and this fade peels off and his ball just trickles into the right rough. Seemed like that went maybe 10-15 yards right of where he wanted. Not blocked out or anything. If he has a decent lie, that miss won’t hurt him.

APPROACH SHOT (2:45 p.m. ET): That was a tough lie and this one comes out dead. This one from 174 yards falls off a bit right and rolls short in the right greenside bunker. He has a good lie in there, and with pin front left, this is a 20-yard bunker shot with tons of green to work with. Long-ish bunker shot, but not a tough up and down.

AROUND THE GREEN (2:48 p.m. ET): That’s decent, but far from stone dead. The angle was actually a little harder than we thought as he was short of the green and had to land this close to the hole otherwise the ball would get stopped in the fringe. This one finishes about 8 feet below the hole. That left for par.

ON THE GREEN (2:52 p.m. ET): DEAD. CENTER. That putt was perfect, and we mean perfect. Right in the center, died in the cup. He walked it in. HUGE par save. The lead remains four.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under through 4 (13 under overall, 1st)

Hole No. 3: Par 4, 386 yards

OFF THE TEE (2:29 p.m. ET): Tiger takes iron here and that is just fine. This one lands and rolls down the right side of the fairway. He’ll have a short-iron or wedge in from there.

APPROACH SHOT (2:33 p.m. ET): Honestly, not his best from 112 yards, but Tiger safely gets this wedge to finish 15 feet beyond the cup. Pin was tucked in front just over a bunker, so that is the smart play. Way better than coming up short. Tough downhill putt, but par at worst we imagine.

ON THE GREEN (2:37 p.m. ET): That was pretty mediocre, to be honest, but no harm done. Big swinger from left to right downhill that TW leaves a couple feet under and right of the cup. He taps in for par. Pretty meh hole, but nothing lost. Lead is still four.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under through 3 (13 under overall, 1st)

Hole No. 2: Par 3, 202 yards

OFF THE TEE (2:19 p.m. ET): A 6-iron from Tiger and this is a solid one. This draw lands about 30 feet right and short of the hole and just trickles forward. Probably about 25 feet for birdie. A nice safe shot, and he should have no problems here.

ON THE GREEN (2:25 p.m. ET): Just showing no nerves. That was more like 35 feet, but Tiger handles just fine. Not enough speed, but it was right on line and comes up a foot short. Easy par, and another great sign that this will be the day. Lead is still four.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under through 2 (13 under overall, 1st)

Hole No. 1: Par 4, 455 yards

OFF THE TEE (2:06 p.m. ET): That was PERFECT. Just roasts a driver down the right-center and gives it a nice little twirl to boot. That is well place. We are off in style!

APPROACH SHOT (2:11 p.m. ET): Oh man, that was the old Tiger right there. That pin is tucked right, but Tiger got aggressive from 164 yards and lands this just left and short of the pin. It rolls out a touch and finishes 8 feet left of the cup. Great birdie look to start. He is feeling it right now.

ON THE GREEN (2:17 p.m. ET): WALKED. IT. IN. Opening birdie and the lead is now four. That gave us chills. What a start!

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under through 1 (13 under overall, 1st)

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