Five years and four back surgeries later, the most transcendent golfer in history was on the brink of completing his comeback and securing his 80th PGA Tour title.
Tiger Woods electrified the gallery at East Lake Golf Club during the third round of the Tour Championship and put himself in a great position to win his first tournament since 2013 with a 5-under par round of 65.
As Woods walked to the 18th green, the gathered crowd began to bleed onto the course, chanting Tiger's name and "USA! USA!"
For a little more perspective I present the graphic below that shows where Woods was ranked in the official world rankings in November of 2017. Once I got the ball on the green then I gave Joey (LaCava, his caddie) a high-five.
However, as the winning moment drew nearer on Sunday, Woods has admitted his emotions nearly got the better of him. The fight, the grind, the tough conditions.
"Sometimes the FedEx Cup rewards guys who win at the very end, but with obviously maybe Bryson (DeChambeau) opening the door at the beginning part of the week, maybe not having his best week, it kind of opened it up for so many guys this week", Rose said. I don't know, 20 years ago, hell, I thought I was going to play for another 30 years.
Fellow American Billy Horschel came second with 9 under par.
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There's the club, the player and the team, and my focus is the team. "I think he is helping the team and we want this". The 27-year-old has scored four goals in six appearances for his club this season.
Wood was at 12-under 198 and will be paired for the first time in final group with McIlroy on the PGA Tour.
Justin Rose became the deserved champion of the FedEx Cup on Sunday at East Lake, finishing in a tie for 4th and capping off an impressive season that recently saw him become World No.1 for the first time.
Woods' stunning return to form has also seen him return to the Ryder Cup as a player for the first time since 2012.
After nearly a decade lost to scandal, injury and surgeries the now 42-year-old has emerged a softer version of his old self and while he has had close calls in 2018 tomorrow marks his first 54-hole lead.
Woods will be partnered with Rose on Saturday at 7-under, and the pair will try to hold off Rory McIlroy, who is now third at 5-under, and Justin Thomas, who is in a four-way tie for fourth at 4-under.
A bogey on the 10th was a mere blip, with Woods re-establishing a five-shot cushion at 13 under after rolling in a 13-foot birdie putt on the par-four 13th.