He won the Tour Championship by two shots at 11 under par.
Woods had never lost when leading by three shots or more going into the final round. As he entered the final hole, all he needed to do was avoid a double bogey and the win would be his.
On Sunday, at the Tour Championship in Atlanta, it came in what was once typical Tiger fashion. Then he emerged at the kind of No. 18 he had wondered if he ever again would see, after an uptick of a year with six top 10 finishes and two seconds but nothing resembling this, and then came that deluge of humanity in its 21st-century human posture: raised phone cameras.
"I felt like if I just went out there and did my own thing and shot under par, the tournament would be over", Woods said after he made pars at the last two holes to salt away the victory.
A total earning of $5,443,841 leaves Woods eighth on the 2017-18 money list, with only Justin Thomas, Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka, Bubba Watson and Tony Finau picking up more.
It had been five long years (and one month) since Woods-arguably the most famous athlete on the planet-won a tournament; but it likely made Sunday's triumph at the Tour Championship that much sweeter, with the 42-year-old Woods cruising to a two-stroke win at historic East Lake Golf Club.
It was Woods' first win since the 2013 World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational.
Tiger Woods wins the 2018 Tour Championship.
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Rose finished in a three-way tie for fourth at East Lake, securing his spot atop the season-long FedEx Cup standings.
No one brings excitement like Woods, even when he plays so good and so smart that he eliminates any potential for drama.
The buzz was endless.
And only a dramatic birdie on the 72nd hole from Rose prevented Woods from claiming the overall FedEx Cup title as well. When the putt dropped and cheers died, there was a wild sprint some 200 yards up the hill as fans tried to get into position for the next shot.
Woods' displays so far in 2018 suggested he was finally over the injury problems that had plagued him in recent years.
Woods' latest victory lifts him to world No 13, his highest world ranking since September 2014.
A succession of back surgeries had failed to restore Woods to full fitness and previous comebacks had followed a painful theme, with the long-time world number one looking a shadow of his former self before another enforced hiatus. Up next, Woods will compete for the U.S. team in the Ryder Cup in France, beginning on September 28.