Five years. It's been five years since Tiger Woods last won on the PGA Tour and over that time the number of people doubting he'd return to his best grew.
"I appreciate it a little bit more than I did because I don't take it for granted that I'm going to have another decade, two decades in my future of playing golf at this level", Woods said.
Woods has a losing record in his seven Ryder Cup appearances, with 17 defeats in match-ups compared to 13 wins and three halves.
Woods admitted he had almost been overcome with emotion as he walked up the 18th fairway.
"When you look at now, maybe comparing past Ryder Cups to this one, I think what's so special is Tiger has engrained himself in our team atmosphere and became such a big part of the team in 2016 as a vice-captain, and then again in 2017 as an assistant captain at the Presidents Cup".
NBC's coverage of the Tour Championship earned a 5.2 overnight rating. The telecast from the final round was the highest-rated one of any PGA Tour event in 2018.
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"Tiger Woods for the game of golf and him winning golf tournaments is something that's brilliant and I think we all benefit from it".
Now 42 and having hit rock bottom in his personal and professional life, he is said to be a different person than when he won his 14th and last major 10 years ago.
Jack Nicklaus, the man widely considered the greatest golfer of all time and whose record of 18 major titles Woods is still chasing, said he was "happy" and "proud".
"We don't fear anyone because we've played against them so many times before individually but we respect our opponents and know what we are up against", said Bjorn.
The Golf Channel's Brandel Chamblee tweeted: "This is the greatest comeback in the history of golf". "Just I guess the amount of attention and the buzz around the PGA Championship, around the Tour Championship, the crowd. on the 18th fairway yesterday was incredible". As the Ryder Cup gears up this week, golf fans will undoubtedly find themselves glued to the TV when Tiger is competing.