He shot back-to-back 67s after surviving a cutline scare in Round 2. He ended at 11-under-par 273; nine back of champion Adam Scott.
Woods, whose Tiger Woods Foundation is the primary beneficiary of the tournament, was given a raucous standing ovation as he left the 18th green. Chants of Tigah! Tigah! resonated from the massive New England crowd.
It will be a while before fans get a chance to see Woods again. When asked if he would play before the WGC-American Express Championship in early October, Woods said: No. I am done.
NO PLACE LIKE HOME
With his victory, Adam Scott has a two-year exemption on the PGA Tour.
But don't expect him to play full time.
'I'm not really keen on jumping back and forth all the time,' Scott said of playing between the European and PGA tours. 'But, fortunately, the majors and the World Golf Championships count for the European Tour, as well as here.'
Scott said he still has plenty left to accomplish on his 'home' tour.
'Winning the Order of Merit would be great,' said the 23-year-old Australian. 'It is my home tour and that's obviously what I want to achieve.'
Justin Rose would have loved nothing more than to win this week. Instead he settled for the second-best outcome.
Im happy for Adam, Rose said of champion Scott.
Rose is 14 days younger than his Australian friend and rival. The two have been competing against one another ever since they went head-to-head in the 2001 Alfred Dunhill Championship (won by Scott).
The two had dinner together almost every night this week.
Were pretty much best mates, Rose said of his relationship with Scott.
Though Rose didnt win ' he shot 67 to finish five back of Scott ' he did achieve another personal goal.
With his third-place finish, Rose earned $340,000. That pushed his 2003 PGA Tour total to $599,874, easily be enough to finish inside the top 125 on the money list by seasons end, and earn full-time playing privileges next year. He would be ranked 85th in earnings if he was a regular member of the tour.
I had a hidden agenda this week, said Rose, who is a regular on the European Tour. Not to say Ill play full time here next year, but its great to have the opportunity to play on a tour like this.
BIG BOOST FOR ROCCO
Like Rose, Rocco Mediate didnt win this week, but left with a bit of satisfactioin.
Mediate shot 66-65 over the final two rounds to move into second place. It marked his first top-10 since Pebble Beach in February.
Its good, Mediate said of the result. Ive been playing like crap lately.
Mediate has only played nine times ' the same amount as Tiger Woods ' in the last four-and-a-half months. He took time away from the game to spend with his family. And while his world ranking has dropped over the summer, My ranking with my children and my wife ' Im No. 1, Mediate said.
Mediate earned $540,000 to move to 29th on the money list. The top 30 prior to the Tour Championship get into the elite field.
Mediate plans to play in five more tournaments: WGC-American Express, Las Vegas Invitational, Chrysler Classic of Greensboro, Funai Classic at Walt Disney World, and Chrysler Championship.
If I cant do it in five tournaments, I shouldn't be there ' and Ive got my shot, he said.