Tiger Woods climbed up 16 spots on the final day to finish tied 23rd at the Farmers Insurance Open in California, his first PGA Tour event for 12 months.
A closing round of even par at Torrey Pines South gave Woods scores of 72-71-70-72 on his comeback and meant he'd shot all four rounds at par or better in an official PGA Tour event for just the third time since 2013.
He did it despite hitting just 30.4% of fairways, his career-low in 72-hole tournament on the PGA Tour.
I had to fight for every score on every hole and sometimes those are more pleasing than the boring rounds. It showed that I had heart. I fought my tail off and it was good stuff.Tiger Woods
But that top 25 represents a hugely encouraging return for the 14-time major winner, who looked fit and healthy after his long battles with back trouble.
"Very pleased," said Woods. "I fought hard for these scores. These weren't yawners, down the middle, on the green, two-putt and one-hand all your second putts in the hole.
"These were fighting, I had to fight for every score on every hole and sometimes those are more pleasing than the boring rounds. It showed that I had heart. I fought my tail off and it was good stuff."
As for his loose driving, Woods reflected: "Unfortunately, it's both because game time speed is very different than hometown speed. These are some of the narrowest fairways on the whole Tour, so when I don't have my best stuff..
"And now it's windy. It just compounded it. It made it very difficult for me anyways. I don't know about the rest of the guys, but it was tough for me.
"I'm going to go back and work on a bunch of things. I can feel some of the things I'm doing wrong in my swing, so we're going to go back to work. It's nice to have two weeks off, but it's more important that I got this tournament under my belt where I can feel some of the things I need to work on."
Woods is set to continue his comeback in the Genesis Open at Riviera in Los Angeles, starting on February 15th.
Tiger is 13.00 to win The Masters at Augusta National in April and 26.00 to land July's Open Championship at Carnoustie.
View all Golf betting