No one could match Rickie Fowler, though. He took command with an eight-birdie first half, including seven straight out of the blocks, while Hoffman, who was also the second-round leader, labored to an even-par 36 (two birdies, two bogeys).
"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".
"The shot that really threw me for a loop was the shot at three", Woods said. "Nobody was sure how far he'd hit his iron shots, but I think he's done pretty well with that too".
"Now I am able to sit back and enjoy it a little bit more.it's been really nice".
The 14-time major champion will turn 42 on December 30 and his likely schedule is yet to be confirmed, however, there were enough positives from the four rounds to suggest Woods can be a regular contender again.
"I don't know what golf courses I will be playing, what's the best way to go about it.We'll figure it out".
If that was the highlight of Woods' return to tournament golf after a 10-month layoff, the takeaway was that he appears healthy and ready to compete with the game's elite players in the next year.
He definitely had the Albany course figured over the first nine holes on Sunday.
Woods, playing for the first time since February, was in trouble from the opening hole, hitting his tee shot at the par-four first into the sand bordering the fairway.
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. But the 79 times PGA Tour victor struck back with birdies at 11, 14 and 15 before bogeys at 17 and 18. He added three birdies on the back nine but closed poorly, with bogeys on the final two holes.
American Jordan Spieth (72) and England's Justin Rose (71) were tied for second five shots back.