Tiger Woods was moved to the brink of tears after capturing his first title since 2013 with a two-stroke triumph at the Tour Championship in Atlanta on Sunday that proved he was far from washed up at the age of 42.
Stuck in those five years are multiple back surgeries, an embarrassing DUI arrest and an admission that he wasn't sure if he would ever play again.
"Just to be able to compete and play again this year, that's a hell of a comeback", he said.
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.
Gallery members joined Woods down the 72nd fairway as he finished off his 80th PGA Tour win.More news: Celia Barquín: Iowa State teams to pay tribute to golfer
"I knew I didn't want a 3-footer around that cup, that's for sure", Rose said.
Justin Rose, who began the final day three off the lead and needing to finish in a two-way tie for fifth, at worst, struggled for most of the day. Woods said, smiling. "You can't clap when you've got a cellphone in your hand, so people yell".
He bogeyed the 10th but responded with a birdie three holes later but two consecutive bogeys from the 15th had fans nervous.
"We never doubted he woud not win again, not from what I've seen he's been swinging the club and the way he's being playing".
And then came this week, Woods led wire-to-wire, and it felt like yesterday for Woods' fans, who took gleefully to social media and turned off a busy Sunday of NFL football to watch.
Woods' last tournament victory came at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational back in 2013, before a run of both poor form and injury bought his dominance to a crashing halt.More news: Sergio Agüero signs one-year Manchester City contract extension to 2021
Woods is celebrating his 80th career PGA win - two short of the career record held by Sam Snead.
"But once I got the ball on the green I gave (caddie) Joey (LaCava) a high five because it was done".
Tiger Woods leads the Tour Championship by three strokes at 12-under heading into the final round on Sunday, and he certainly looked ready for competition two hours before he tees off. The points ended with Rose No. 1, followed by Woods, DeChambeau, Johnson and Billy Horschel. I've had a not-so-easy last couple of years.
"I just can't believe I pulled this off", added a visibly emotional Woods during the presentation ceremony.
There was also a moment of magic from the former world number one on the seventh, when he drilled a 172-yard approach shot to five feet and then tapped in for birdie.
The next stop for Woods is to board a plane with the rest of his USA teammates for France and the Ryder Cup.More news: Florence rainfall totals for North Carolina: 8 trillion gallons