Woods raised both arms over his head after he tapped in for par and a 1-over 71 for a two-shot victory over Billy Horschel, the 80th victory of his PGA Tour career and his first in more than five years. "His steady, dominating play seemed like a throwback to the early 2000s, when he ruled the game".
"I've had it not so easy the last couple of years and worked my way back and couldn't have done it without the help of everyone around me", he said.
As was said in commentary; "The golfing world goes back to normal". I just didn't want to live that way.
"I was beyond playing". His bleary-eyed mugshot made headlines around the world for all the wrong reasons, the man who once thrilled galleries with super-human performances reduced to a figure of ridicule.
"Congrats, Rosie", Woods told him.
In that sense his victory in the Tour Championship came as no surprise, but for anyone who had watched Woods become a shadow of his former self in recent years, surprise - or even amazement - would be a completely understandable reaction.
"The hell you do", said Duval, cautioning the likes of Thomas and Spieth to be careful what they wished for. Woods led by five strokes late on, but showed a hint of fragility by fluffing a pitch shot at the par-four 16th, where he failed to carry his ball up the slope.
He missed the cut at the U.S. Open but finished in a tie for sixth at the British Open and was second at the PGA Championship.
"The pain he had to endure, the things he had to do just to play and just how hard it was for him to walk, and he ended up walking 36 holes (in one day) and winning a US Open". "I can't believe I pulled this off". "I felt like I was watching a great piece of fiction".
However, no such outcome ever looked remotely likely.
"They know what their dad can do on a golf course now, it's not what I used to be able to do".
"For me, I was trying to do my best to win this golf tournament and scoop the double jackpot".
"All I can do is worry about myself, " McIlroy said.
The European Tour can simply not compete with the financial muscle of its American counterpart and Pelley will also be disappointed to hear that Tommy Fleetwood, the order of merit champion, will be cutting back his events on his home tour as well.
This birdie on the 13th was enough to put Woods five shots clear, and demonstrated the kind of mood Woods was in.
"As the year progressed and I found a swing, I knew I could do it again".
Not bad for a guy who couldn't even sit without pain a year ago.