With the clapped-out auto parked on the way into Augusta National warning of eternal damnation, weather warnings of lightning and the Lazarus-like potential of Tiger Woods the final day of the Masters had oozed biblical metaphors.
Woods had gone almost 11 years since he won his last major, 14 years since that green jacket was slipped over his Sunday red shirt.
"But Tiger Woods is the greatest player who has ever played golf". From the sex scandal that ended his marriage, to the four back operations that culminated in a spinal fusion two years ago, he has made headlines for all the wrong reasons.
If players are able to finish their final rounds and a champion is determined Sunday, patrons won't get to see the traditional green jacket ceremony, in which the previous year's victor (in this case, Patrick Reed) slips a green jacket on the new champion.
"It will be up there with one of the hardest with all I've had to win because of what transpired in the last couple of years", added Woods.
The comeback is complete. It was his 81st victory on the PGA Tour, one title away from the career record held by Sam Snead.
"It's a shame, it's disappointing not to finish a bit higher but I can see Tiger on the screen right there".
"I've never seen him show emotion like that anywhere, at anytime in his life, when he's won a golf tournament like he did today". "This is just fantastic!"
The Masters hasn't had a Monday finish since 1983, when Spain's Seve Ballesteros won for the second time.
And that's when all hell broke loose at Augusta.
Third-round leader Molinari made double bogey on 12 as Woods made par to move into a three-way share of the lead.
And then it seemed as though practically everyone had a chance.
Now it was time for Tiger to play the father figure, pulling his children into tight bear hugs while fighting back the tears. As it turned out the end was indeed nigh, an 11-year wait for a 15th major finally over.
"He became Tiger Woods again".
Woods finished with a two-under 70.
That gave him a two-shot cushion, and no one was going to catch him.