And speaking after The Masters win, Woods referenced The Open as a turning point for him.
In 1997 Tiger hugged his father beside the 18th green after claiming his first title, 22 years later he embraced his children in nearly exactly the same spot, amid nearly unprecedented scenes at Augusta as the crowd cheered wildly.
Tiger Woods is a five-time Masters champion.
Woods fired a final-round two-under par 70 to finish on 13-under 275 for a one-shot victory to capture a $2.07 million (€1.82 million) top prize and the green jacket symbolizing Masters supremacy.
Who would have thought that Woods, 43, who had back surgery in 2015, would be healthy enough to even challenge for another major title let alone win another one?
In a final round that was played in threesomes off both tees to stay ahead of approaching thunderstorms, Woods grabbed the outright lead for the first time with a two-putt birdie at No. 15. When I tapped in I don't know what I did, I know I screamed.
He ended last season by winning the Tour Championship and showed signs of a breakthrough at the majors by being a title contender at last year's The Open Championship, where he led in the final round, and PGA Championship, where he finished runner-up.
Woods's girlfriend Erica Herman, mother Kultida and two children Sam and Charlie watched while a massive gallery roared as he marched up to the 18th green to put the finishing touches on a milestone victory. Brooks Koepka, Ian Poulter, Franceso Molinari and Tony Finau all made double bogey, while overnight leader Molinari threw in a double bogey seven at the 15th for good measure.
A USA gambler was probably as excited as Tiger Woods over his victory at the Masters.
Woods, Molinari, Xander Schauffele, Brooks Kopeka and Dustin Johnson with Australian Jason Day in the clubhouse on 11-under and Patrick Cantlay, who also hit 12-under, foiled by bogeys at 16 and 17. I am so happy for him and for the game of golf.