At 43 years old, and having had multiple back surgeries, it appeared as though Wood's last triumph at a major would be the 2008 U.S. Open.
Just off the 18 green, Woods hugged his mother as he had his late father Earl in 1997 and held his children, his back more than up to the task as the crowd chanted his name, a rare tribute, and rivals congratulated him as he entered the clubhouse.
"I'm a little hoarse from yelling", Tiger said of his win, per NPR.
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"I really felt that I was starting to shape the golf ball, and my putting was starting to come around".
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who won a record sixth Super Bowl this past February, joked that he was plotting how to match the number of major golf championships Woods has now accumulated. So East Lake was a big step for me, confirming that I could still win out here and against the best players. But on Sunday it was Molinari who slipped up, with the 36-year-old from Turin finding the water at the 12th and 15th.
Dressed in his traditional final-round red shirt, Woods collected his first birdie of the day, rolling in an eight-footer at the third, to trim Molinari's lead to a single shot, but then gave it right back with a bogey at the par-three fourth.
He stiffed his tee-shot at the par-3 16th to tap-in range for a birdie, before a regulation par on 17 allowed Woods to bogey the 72nd - and he used all five strokes on that hole.
Meanwhile, Adam Scott, the 2013 Masters champion, (73, six under), Marc Leishman (75, one over) and Cameron Smith (77, two over) rounded out the Australian contingent.