The adulation displayed towards him in Atlanta was nearly as striking as his recovery from spinal-fusion surgery, one of four back operations since he last won a golf tournament - in August 2013.
Despite being up against the National Football League, the season-ending event broadcast on NBC that saw Woods win his first PGA Tour event in more than five years drew a 5.21 overnight rating when Woods was on the course.
It was that question, unimaginable when he was ripping through the field in majors a decade ago, that has imbued meaning into the 42-year-old Woods's every action in recent years. After Sunday's victory, he will likely be ranked 13th in the world after his seventh top-10 finish in 18 starts in 2018. "Cool. That's not my definition of Tiger being back", the pundit said on ESPN's First Take.
After four back surgeries many thought he would never win again but he proved those doubters wrong with a remarkable victory at the Tour Championship yesterday. I am very happy for him and extremely proud of him.
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A huge crowd watched Woods' last round as he held onto the lead despite posting one over for the last day.
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"But you know what, he shot a one over yesterday - he was five shots up and nearly lost that".
'These are 24 of the best players in the world and they are all capable of awesome things.
"I think what's so special is Tiger has ingrained himself in our team atmosphere and became such a big part of the team in 2016 as a vice-captain and then again in 2017 as an assistant captain at the Presidents Cup", Furyk said. "If that had been a major, he'd have lost".