The golf world has erupted over one of the most remarkable eagles of Tiger Woods’ storied career.
Tiger boosted hopes of capping his amazing comeback season with a victory after a vintage performance launched him to a share of the Tour Championship lead on Thursday.
On day one of the final event of the US PGA Tour season, Woods sent fans into a frenzy when he reached the par-5 18th in two shots at East Lake Golf Club.
He then sent them into meltdown by draining a 27-foot eagle putt to post a five-under-par 65.
“Yeah, 18 was nice. I hammered that drive up the left side,” Woods said on Thursday.
“I hit five wood into the green and I knew it was good so I started walking after it.”
Fans could not believe what they’d just witnessed.
No shortage of emotions on @TigerWoods' 18th-hole eagle.
A closer look: pic.twitter.com/OTSkNzDQz5
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) September 20, 2018
🚨😵🦅 • ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!!
THE EAGLE HAS LANDED FOR TIGER WOODS AT EAST LAKE:
ITS A STUNNING 65 and A SHARE OF THE LEAD ⚡️⚡️⚡️ pic.twitter.com/z3tKock8e7
— Tiger Woods Legion (@TWlegion) September 20, 2018
Co-leader at the @PlayoffFinale.
— Charlie Kane (@PGATOURKane) September 20, 2018
Woods sits atop the leaderboard in Atlanta at five under alongside Rickie Fowler (65), while Gary Woodland (66) is third at four under.
Woods, who owns two Tour Championship titles and the tournament’s scoring record (257), opened his round with a bogey.
But the 42-year-old fought back with two front-nine birdies.
He then turned it up on the back nine, with birdies at the 12th and 14th holes setting the stage for his final-hole eagle.
“I hit so many quality shots all day, whether it was tee-to-green or putts,” Woods said.
“I didn’t really mis-hit a single shot and I felt I had a lot of control. The only hard part was getting my speed on the greens.”
Since returning officially to the US Tour in January after having spinal fusion surgery last year, Woods’ 17 events have yielded two runner-up finishes among six top 10s and 11 top 25s.
“A win would just enhance my year,” Woods said.
“My objective this year was to win a golf tournament and I have given myself plenty of looks at doing it.”
Jason Day leads the three-man Australian contingent and he sits two under the card courtesy of a solid 68.
Fellow Queenslander Cameron Smith carded an even-par 70, while Marc Leishman is three over after he signed for a 73.
The Tour Championship is a 30-man tournament and the final event of the FedEx Cup play-offs.