Ryder Cup 2018: Why Europe do not FEAR Tiger Woods - Thomas Bjorn

Ryder Cup 2018: Why Europe do not FEAR Tiger Woods - Thomas Bjorn

Ryder Cup 2018: Why Europe do not FEAR Tiger Woods - Thomas Bjorn

Ian Poulter described Tiger Woods' 80th PGA Tour victory as "incredibly special for golf", while Ryder Cup team-mate Henrik Stenson felt it was a matter of time before the American legend won again.

Tiger Woods won the PGA Tour Championship on Sunday in what is already being heralded as one of the greatest comebacks in sporting history.

A year ago, he was recovering from a fourth back surgery.

The golf star, 42, achieved his first victory in five years by finishing the Atlanta tournament with a final round 71 and a two stroke win over Billy Horschel.

Woods first tournament win in five years has seen him become yet again the most talked about golfer in the world.

"I think they understand a little bit of what dad does now", said Woods, who has risen from No666 in the world rankings to No13 this year.

"It wasn't pretty at times but I got the job done when it mattered down the stretch".

Woods will have to set a new standard in golf with nobody winning more than one major beyond the age of 43, but Nicklaus feels the changes in modern living, diet and exercise means that age is only a number as far as his fellow American is concerned.

He earned a spot on the U.S. Ryder Cup team. "I think the world of golf is really proud of you, and is super excited about your game and the way the game of golf is going".

With the massive gallery chanting his name as they stampeded the final fairway in scenes reminiscent of British Opens of yesteryear, Woods moved within two victories of Sam Snead's all-time record of 82 PGA Tour titles.

The 14 time major victor was literally mobbed by a multitude of excited golf fans as he sealed his first tour victory in five years.

Revealing what the Northern Irishman said to him as they walked down the last, Woods told reporters: "What Rory was saying".

His win in Atlanta is also a huge boost to the United States team ahead of this week's Ryder Cup showdown on the outskirts of Paris. We don't fear anyone, because we've played against them so many times before individually, but we respect our opponents and know what we are up against.

That ratings performance is even more impressive when you factor in that that the Tour Championship went up against a full-slate of National Football League action. During the tournament, he put out a series of tweets that culminated with him catching up with Tiger after the victory.

"These next three days are very key for us to get to know this golf course, to understand as best we can the ins and outs", Furyk said. And the common golf fan was back to witness it. Or might it provide a silver bullet for Europe in that, if its players can take down Woods in any match, it could provide an added shot of adrenaline and confidence to their side?

Now that Woods is back on his game, the hope for Furyk and the US team is that he's not back to Ryder Cup form.

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