It was less than 14 months ago that the 15-time Major Champion suffered leg injuries in a car accident that seriously threatened whether he would ever play the game again.
There was excitement when he played a practice round at Augusta National Golf Club last week and he took huge galleries with him after confirming he would compete on Tuesday.
An opening 71 even had the patrons dreaming of a sixth Green Jacket in what would have surely been one of the most remarkable comebacks in sporting history.
That was not to be but he did make a 22nd consecutive cut at the end of Magnolia Lane and after receiving a rapturous reception as he strolled up the 18th, the 46-year-old confirmed he will be returning to the Home of Golf, the scene of two of his three Open triumphs.
"I am looking forward to St Andrews," he said. "That is something that is near and dear to my heart.
"I've won two Opens there, it's the Home of Golf, it's my favourite golf course in the world so I will be there for that one."
Before then comes the US PGA Championship at Southern Hills Country Club, where Woods lifted the Wanamaker Trophy in 2007, but he was unsure if he would play at the second Major Championship of the season.
"Anything in between that, I don't know," he added. "I will try, there's no doubt. Like this week I will try and get ready for Southern Hills and we'll see what this body is able to do."
The American admitted endurance was understandably an issue after he finished 13 over for the week but was left to reflect on what he regarded one of his greatest achievements without a victory.
"I don't think people really understand," he said. "The people who are close to me understand. They've seen it. Some of the players who are close to me have seen it and have seen some of the pictures and the things that I have had to endure.
I've won two Opens there, it's the Home of Golf, it's my favourite golf course in the world so I will be there for that one
"They appreciate it probably more than anyone else because they know what it takes to do this out here at this level.
"It's one thing to play with my son at a hit-and-giggle but it's another thing to play in a Major Championship.
"It's been a tough road and one that I'm very thankful to have the opportunity to be able to grind through it. A lot of different things could have happened, but 14 months, I'm able to tee it up and play in the Masters.
"We're excited about the prospects of the future, about training, about getting into that gym and doing some other stuff to get my leg stronger, which we haven't been able to do because it needed more time to heal.
"I think it needs a couple more days to heal after this but we'll get back after it and we'll get into it."