After winning five times in 2013, Woods had started just 24 events in the next four years as the pain from his back often left him grimacing in pain or forced to withdraw from events entirely, most recently after an opening 77 in Dubai in February 2017, where he struggled to climb out of a bunker. He was victorious at the season-ending Tour Championship Sunday at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta.
He tapped in a par to win it, leaned over the hole to pluck the ball out - gingerly, so as not to tweak that back - and rose both arms into the air.
"I was having a hard time not crying on that last hole", Woods said. Woods won his first tournament in more than five years, the 80th of his career, finishing at 11 under par, two shots clear of Billy Horschel, who finished at 9-under.
"I clicked into a decent gear and got the job done".
Woods was emotional during the presentation after sealing his 80th win on the PGA Tour.
Woods had been knocking on victory's door throughout the season, so when Big Cat finally sealed the deal, golf fans were elated, to say the least.
"I found a swing, put the pieces together and knew I could do it again".
He almost won the FedEx Cup, too, until Justin Rose survived a late meltdown with a birdie on the final hole.
"Maybe Tiger's got another 40 majors to play".
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On the final day of the British Open in July, Woods ascended to the top of the leaderboard before a few hiccups cost him.
The win comes days before the 2018 Ryder Cup. Rose birdied the last hole to clinch the FedEx Cup.
"I just can't believe I pulled this off after the seasons I've gone through".
Woods' 2018 season was nearly inconceivable previous year.
Woods, widely regarded as one of the greatest golfers in the world, has been an influential figure for the sport with his star appeal and multi-million dollar endorsements.
Justin Rose, who claimed the FedEx Cup and richest prize in golf - $10m -with a share of fourth at East Lake offered a message of "about time" to Woods after the pair collected trophies.
The staid ol' Tour Championship became a boisterous street party late Sunday afternoon, the fans storming down the middle of the 18th fairway like a bunch of crazed college kids laying siege to a football field after a last-second victory.
With that kind of scene in Atlanta, who would blame him? And it was his first victory in more than five years, dating to the 2013 Bridgestone Invitational. The 42-year-old has 14 major championships.
When he returned at the Farmers Insurance Open in January, he was ranked 656th in the world, had not earned a single Ryder Cup point and seemed miles away from being able to compete with the game's best.