His eight-under-par total was good enough to beat world No.1 Dustin Johnson, FedEx Cup victor and world No. 3 Justin Thomas and US Open champion Brooks Koepka and it lifted Woods from 1,199th to 668th in the world golf rankings.
Rickie Fowler closed with a blistering 61 to finish at 18-under 270 for the weekend to claim the Hero World Challenge title.
Woods, the former longtime world No. 1 and 14-time major champion, had not officially logged four competitive rounds since the Wyndham Championship on August 20-23, 2015.
"We'll sit down with the whole team and we'll figure it out - where I'm going to start, how much I'm going to play, rest periods, training cycles, the whole nine yards". "I really drove the ball a lot better than I was thinking, especially distance-wise".
Rickie Fowler conquers Bahamas to win Hero World Challenge
Fowler was in a class of his own in a scintillating exhibition, birdying the first seven holes and surging into a two-shot lead by going out in 28.
"Anything I did right ended up in a bad spot, then everything I did wrong, it was really bad", Woods told NBC television.
Tommy Fleetwood and Jordan Spieth finished in a tie for third place on 12 under. It was also his first tournament since undergoing a fourth back surgery in April. "He played beautifully over the first two days, and although he didn't have his best day in the third round, the course was playing very hard". ". I hit just a boatload of good putts". "Not quite hitting it as far, but I had the adrenaline going and overall I'm very pleased".
After two strong rounds put the former world number one in contention for his first win since 2013, Woods recorded four of his five bogeys in the first seven holes to slip to 10th at four-under 212, 10 strokes behind leader Charley Hoffman. Woods beat current World No. 1 Dustin Johnson by eight shots.
Anthony Davis 'very unlikely' to play vs. Blazers
The play went on for almost 20 seconds as Davis lay on the floor, clutching the left side of his midsection. Davis has a long history of injuries, but he played 75 games last season while staying relatively healthy.