The former world No.1 has endured four back surgeries since he last won on the PGA Tour in August 2013, and saw his world ranking plummet to 1,199 just last season.
When he tapped in for par on 18, that massive crowd erupted.
"I had a hard time not crying on the last hole", he said.
Tiger Woods said he held back the tears as he reached the 18th green before winning his first tournament in five years.
Amid Tiger Woods" remarkable comeback victory, golf pundits have been left in shock by an insane "never-before-seen' moment. "That's what this represents for me is the consistency that I've had this year, the amount of top 10s that I've had, the ability - the fact that I was able to at least keep that form going through the playoffs, obviously finishing with three top-5s".
The only disappointment - a minor one under the circumstances - was realizing as he came down the 18th that Rose had made birdie to finish in a three-way tie for fourth, which gave him the FedEx Cup and the $10 million bonus.
Woods considered himself lucky to play in December of 2017 at the Hero World Challenge after undergoing a spinal fusion.
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'Now this is going to be one long flight overseas that I am going to enjoy, ' said Woods, before making his way to the airport. "U.S.!" in anticipation of the upcoming Ryder Cup.
September 16, 2015: nearly a month after recording his best finish of season with a tie for 10th in the Wyndham Championship, Woods announces a second microdiscectomy surgery and hopes to return in "early 2016".
'"I just didn't know whether or when this would ever happen again, " he said. The players who had turns at No. 1 during his absence caught the full brunt of Woods in control. Jason Day was the best of them in 18 place, Cameron Smith was 20 and Marc Leishman 21. Droves of fans streamed under the ropes and in behind him, a spectacle you would expect at a British Open and not on a Sunday in September in Atlanta, and they managed to construct a great, compelling torrent.
Having failed to come from behind to win the Dubai Desert Classic, the Masters or the WGC Bridgestone Invitational or to beat Francesco Molinari when tied for the lead in the BMW PGA at Wentworth, this was an opportunity to make a statement.
After numerous close calls, Tiger Woods won his first tournament since 2013 at the TOUR Championship. In the aftermath of two-stroke success at East Lake, the 42-year-old was of a mind to treasure the journey to this point.
Woods shot -11, edging out both Billy Horschel and Dustin Johnson.
The next stop for Woods is to board a plane with the rest of his USA teammates for France and the Ryder Cup.