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PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan was on the first tee at East Lake knowing exactly how big a day it might be for the PGA Tour.
And an awkward one for the tour.
Tiger Woods had a five-shot lead after six holes of the final round, and there is no other player that generates interest in the sport, especially after the back surgeries he has overcome. Crowds were huge. TV ratings were at 15-year highs.
Also at stake Sunday was the FedEx Cup, and Justin Rose was in the best shape to win. Rose would earn $10 million for what the tour considers its biggest prize. And there’s a chance no one will even notice.
Tiger Woods has gone from not knowing if he would ever play golf again to the verge of winning.
Woods started out with a three-shot lead Sunday in the Tour Championship, and it took only four holes for him to stretch the lead to five over Justin Rose. The gallery at East Lake was enormous in anticipation of Woods winning for the first time in more than five years.
It would be his 80th title on the PGA Tour and hold a special place as his first trophy after four back surgeries.
Woods opened with a birdie, while Rory McIlroy made bogey from the bunker on the fourth hole. Also trying to chase Woods was Rose, who was poised to win the FedEx Cup and the $10 million prize.