Tiger Woods' flawless response to those who doubted he'd never win again

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This felt just as big as a major, maybe better considering where Woods had been.

Even guys you would not expect to get along, Spieth and Patrick Reed, form one of the Team USA's most successful pairs in Ryder Cup history as they have won five out of a potential seven points together over the last two tournaments. Many current LPGA players were tweeting about Woods' first PGA Tour victory in more than five years. And he's in good position - after a 5-under-par 65, he leads Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose by three shots.

"We don't fear anyone because we've played against them so many times before individually", Bjorn said.

"Do I think we're in for a hostile (reception)? It's not one individual".

The United States team comprises six of the world's top 10 and 11 of the top 17, including No 1 Dustin Johnson, No 3 Brooks Koepka and No 4 Justin Thomas. This is the first time Woods will play in the Ryder Cup since 2010.

Molinari was in the anchor match at the 2012 Ryder Cup when Woods conceded on the final hole to give the Europeans an outright victory in the incredible comeback at Medinah.

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Much of that was put down to his singular, often aloof attitude in the past that did not lend itself to a team environment.

Woods, who returned in January after missing nearly the entire previous two years with a debilitating back injury, held a three-shot advantage heading into the final round. "Not that this event needs much more energy brought to it [because] it's probably the biggest, the grandest event in all of golf, but [Woods' win] will add that much more excitement, I believe".

But that needle looked broken beyond fix as days without a win grew to months, the months without a win grew to years. "I think it's special for him now to kind of join these younger players as a teammate".

The triumph also follows a series of personal struggles for Woods over the years, including a DUI arrest, back problems, a cheating scandal with ex-wife, Elin Nordegren, and a nude-photo leak with ex-girlfriend, Lindsey Vonn.

"I thought it was always going to be a matter of time really, I never counted him out as long as his body holds up and clearly it has done", he said. "The game has never seen a force quite like him and chances are it never will again". The idea of ever playing competitive golf again - much less winning - seemed downright ludicrous. It was great for the game. Some of the players have seen what I've gone through, and they know how hard it was just to get back to playing golf again. "So for everyone in golf, it's brilliant".

"I know they will be loud, they will be boisterous". I'm proud of him. "I couldn't have done it without the help of all the people around me". Danny Kanell and Raja Bell reacted to Tiger's epic victory on Monday's "Off the Bench" podcast, but they also explained why this week was the flawless time for Woods to confirm his stunning comeback.

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