Insane TV rating numbers show how much Tiger Woods means to golf

That is the opinion of ESPN pundit Stephen A Smith, who has covered Woods' career.

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. That game earned a 15.3 rating, up 11 percent over the national game in the same Week 3 window on CBS previous year.

It's Woods' first tournament win since 2013 and the massive crowds that followed him to celebrate on the final hole showed just how big the victory was.

The 14-times major champion ended a five-year drought with an emotional victory at East Lake in Atlanta.

Bjørn was, however, full of praise for Woods's latest and 80th PGA Tour triumph achieved after four back surgeries.

The Tiger boost manifested itself earlier in the year during majors in which he was in contention.

How he's played yesterday...

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"But as the year progressed and I proved that I could play and I found my swing and I put the pieces together, I knew I could do it again".

"He won yesterday as an individual and I know how much that means to him but he's flipped that page pretty quickly and is really excited to join his team mates and move forward in that process".

"Coming into this week, these are 24 of the best players in the world and this tournament is what it is, and as always, it has its history and it's a great battle and it is 12 against 12".

But one Tiger Woods video of him watching his doubters diss him went viral.

"I think what's so special is Tiger has ingrained 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", Furyk said.

"But you know what, he shot a one over yesterday - he was five shots up and nearly lost that".

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