Chasing a first win since 2013 and the 80th PGA Tour title of his career, Woods took a three-shot lead over Justin Rose and Rory McIlroy into the last day at East Lake and the 14-time major victor was never in serious danger of getting caught.
Woods has not won a major title since news of an extramarital affair that led to his divorce to ex-wife and Swedish model Elin Nordegren in 2010.
"I had a hard time not crying on the last hole; I still had shots to play so I had to suck it up".
Thousands of Woods fans spilled onto the 18th fairway to follow their idol to the green. "Good Lord", Woods said afterwards. The fight, the grind, the tough conditions.
"It's certainly up there with obviously all the major championships I've won, Players, World Golf Championships".
"I just didn't know whether this would ever happen again". Just to be able to compete and play again this year, that's a hell of a comeback.
Tiger Woods holds up the Clamity Jane Putter after winning the TOUR Championship 2018. 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.
"My eyes started tearing up a little bit".
"It was just a grind out there", Woods said of the final round.
"I've been sitting on 79 (wins) for five years now". Woods said, smiling. "You can't clap when you've got a cellphone in your hand, so people yell".
"I knew I didn't want a 3-footer around that cup, that's for sure", Rose said. And within the opening hour, the Tour Championship had that inevitable feeling.
However, there are many who need a win to be convinced and at the final tournament of the 2017-2018 season, Tiger Woods gave them that. He finished two back of Brooks Koepka.
Then again, it was not an unexpected reaction given what Woods has meant to the game of golf _ to the entire sporting world, really. He made a comeback with a birdie at No. 13 and had consecutive bogeys during the 15th and 16th holes.
The electric mood for Tiger won't be stopping any time soon - with the Ryder Cup fast approaching, expect the crowds to be just as rowdy for Woods this weekend. "I think that we've all been waiting for him to win, and we've all been wanting him to win".
A birdie from Justin Rose prevented Woods winning the overall FedEx Cup title as well, with Rose going home with the £7.6m bonus.
Woods was made to sweat however after a shaky three-over-par 73 on his final round.
The rest of us may feel carried along with it or may not; Woods' wounds have been self-inflicted, and he has always been afforded a protection and leeway that those without his peculiar sporting gifts are not.
"I'd like to congratulate Tiger right now".