After receiving an "unbelievable" reception at Augusta National, Tiger Woods has confirmed he will contest the 150th Open Championship at St Andrews.
Woods was all smiles while the patrons cheered despite the 15-time major champion completing his worst showing in 24 career trips to the Masters on Sunday.
Woods carded his second consecutive round of 78 on the weekend at Augusta National to finish at 13-over in 47th place – ahead of five players who made the cut.
Hopes were unrealistically high when the five-time Masters champion announced his return for the 2022 event.
But the fact Woods could make the cut and complete four rounds just 14 months after nearly losing his right leg must still be considered a victory.
"I am looking forward to St. Andrews. 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." - Tiger Woods.
"To end up here and being able to play all four rounds – even a month ago I didn't know if I could pull this off," Woods told CBS shortly after completing his fourth round.
Woods stirred hope of a dramatic return to victory with an opening-round 71 that had him in contention.
But as the week wore on, his limp became more pronounced, and the 82-time PGA Tour champion continued to struggle with his putter.
Woods fell out of contention with a 78 on Saturday but continued to grind his way around Augusta during another challenging round on Sunday.
But Woods was clearly grateful to simply be able to compete at his favourite venue once again.
"It was an unbelievable feeling," he said.
"Just to have the patrons and the support out there. I wasn't exactly playing my best out there but just to have the support out there.
"I don't think words can really describe that, given where I was a little over a year ago and what my prospects were at that time."
Woods finished with his worst career score at the Masters and the weekend rounds were his highest ever at Augusta National.
What his PGA Tour schedule might look like in the future remains uncertain, but he later confirmed to Sky Sports that he plans to play at the Open Championship at The Old Course at St. Andrews in July.
"I won't be playing a full schedule ever again, it'll be just the big events," he said.
"I am looking forward to St. Andrews. 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. I will be there for that one."
Woods was given a standing ovation as he walked towards the 18th green and had a broad grin on his face as he headed to Augusta National's clubhouse.