Tiger Woods scored his first victory in more than five years on Sunday, completing a two-shot win at the Tour Championship to crown a fairytale comeback after a almost two-year absence.
Justin Rose of Great Britain, on the strength of a 18th hole birdie, won the FedEx Cup playoffs, making him the season-long champion of the PGA Tour.
"I was having a hard time not crying", Woods said. I've been playing well throughout the entire summer, just piecing it together, building, building and building.
"For me, I was trying to do my best to win this golf tournament and scoop the double jackpot.
To get 80 is a pretty damn good feeling", Woods added.
The Ryder Cup and the game of golf has suddenly taken on a whole new complexion as Tiger Woods is back in winning form after picking up his first victory in five years.
"My body was a wreck", recalled Woods, who hoped the surgery would alleviate debilitating back and leg pain.
"I was beyond playing". I've worked my way back.
It was a day that many thought might never happen again after Woods underwent spinal fusion surgery in April a year ago and was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence the following month when he was found asleep at the wheel of his vehicle.
February 11, 2015 - Announces he is taking time off to work on his game, saying that "my play, and scores, are not acceptable for tournament golf".
October 27, 2017 - Woods pleads guilty to reckless driving and agrees to enter a diversion program.
Nicklaus won his 16th and 17th majors at the age of 40, but then endured a six- year drought before claiming the 1986 Masters in what proved a fitting climax to his career.
But on Sunday, fellow golfers, fans and celebrity athletes took to social media to hail the "comeback of all comebacks". There was a point in time I didn't know if I'd ever do this again. "Pumped to be watching this today!"
"No words! Just Tiger!" wrote world number one tennis player Rafael Nadal on Instagram.
Tiger Woods has continued his monumental rise up the World Golf Rankings after his first PGA Tour victory in over five years.
On the final day of the British Open in July, Woods ascended to the top of the leaderboard before a few hiccups cost him. "I think the world of golf is really proud of you right now".
"I just can't believe I pulled this off", an emotional Tiger Woods said of the win.
Woods has had four surgeries on his back since 2014.
Woods and four-time major victor McIlroy will play together in the last group out in Sundayâ€™s final round.
Along with his recent win, he has posted several near misses in an attempt to get his first victory in five years.