Breezy conditions made sub-par rounds hard at the Albany course with overnight leader Hoffman one of the few to deliver, surging to a five-stroke lead after a birdie at 18 for a two-under 70 and a 202 total.
The Golden Bear has been an ardent supporter of the former World No. 1 player throughout a career in which Woods accumulated 14 major titles and 79 wins on the PGA Tour, second all-time behind Sam Snead.
Following a flawless front-nine 31, Woods stumbled with a sloppy double-bogey on the 10th hole.
Despite the frustrations on Saturday, Woods said he was enjoying his return.
"I've had some tough times through the years with my back and then finally to come out on the good side and (be) able to get back out there and play".
Woods posted three under-par rounds for the week, including a final-round 4-under 68 that featured his eagle on No. 7 and a half-dozen birdies.
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But Herculano Houzel hopes her research at Vanderbilt will inspire some animal behavioral psychologists to take up the challenge. She noted that the dogs and cat used in the study had died of natural causes and their bodies were donated to science.
"I talked to Dustin Johnson and Rickie Fowler last week, they have played some golf with Tiger and they were both very impressed with him and how far he was hitting it".
"I think we'll sit back and try to figure that out", he said.
Fowler was looking at a seven-stroke deficit when he began his round on Sunday but seven straight birdies and another at the ninth put him in front at the turn, which he made in eight-under 28. "I don't know what golf courses I will be playing, what's the best way to go about it".
American Jordan Spieth and England's Justin Rose were tied for second five shots back, Rose after a one-under 71 and Spieth with an even par 72.
It left the 14-time Major victor 10 shots off the lead held by fellow American Charley Hoffman. "We took care of that and kept it rolling".