Woods, in his first tournament in almost 10 months following spinal fusion surgery, said he had some bad breaks on Saturday and that his game was better than his scorecard suggested.
The major story this week was Tiger Woods' latest return to golf.
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. Fowler, ranked No. 9 in the world, had trailed 54-hole leader Charley Hoffman by seven strokes entering the day. The 14-time major champion looked pain-free all week while finishing t-9 at 8 under. "I really drove the ball a lot better than I was thinking, especially distance-wise".
The American opened with a 12-foot birdie at the first and added further gains over his next three holes, before continuing the run by chipping in from a greenside bunker at the par-four fifth.
"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". Fowler birdied the first seven holes, and eight in total on the front nine. England's Tommy Fleetwood (276), world No. 2 Jordan Spieth (276) and world No. 5 Hideki Matsuyama of Japan (277), Patrick Reed (277) and Olympic champion and world No. 6 Justin Rose of England (277) rounded out the top five. "This is the way I've been playing at home and when I came out here and played, I was playing very similar to this. I just ended up in bad spots after good shots". How am I going to get used to the adrenaline in my system, because it's the first time in a while. Woods beat current World No. 1 Dustin Johnson by eight shots.