Justin Rose, who entered the day three shots behind Woods, made a key birdie on 18 to win the FedEx Cup title - a four-tournament playoff with a $10 million prize to the victor.
"This season there was a return to competitive golf and a steady climb in the rankings as Woods pieced together a swing that wouldn't ravage his 42-year-old body", Goldman reports. "I've worked my way back and I couldn't have done it without the help of everyone around me", he said after winning.
"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.
This was Woods' 80th win of his career, which is two short of Sam Snead's career tour record, as The Times noted.
March 2, 2014: Back pain forces Woods' withdrawal from The Honda Classic with just five holes remaining in final round. His last major win came in 2008. Jason Day was the best of them in 18 place, Cameron Smith was 20 and Marc Leishman 21.
Woods spent 10 months on the sidelines previous year while recovering from spinal fusion surgery and only started to make full golf swings in mid-October.
This was Woods' first victory since the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in 2013.
"We'll see what happens", said Woods on Saturday, going into the final round on Sunday.
The staid ol' Tour Championship became a boisterous street party late Sunday afternoon, the fans storming down the middle of the 18th fairway like a bunch of crazed college kids laying siege to a football field after a last-second victory.
For those watching on TV, the back nine played out like a coronation ceremony for Woods, with the gallery masses seizing every opportunity to honor the icon with much-deserved applause.
". I didn't think I'd ever play again", recalled Woods, while lamenting the recent difficulties of just getting through a day, without any injury setbacks. "All of a sudden it started hitting me I was going to win the tournament".
Woods now goes to France, where he'll play in the Ryder Cup with the rest of his US teammates.
Justin Rose with the FedEx Championship trophy and Tiger Woods with the Calamity Jane trophy for winning the season ending Tour Championship tournament in Atlanta.