The week might not have ended as Tiger Woods would have hoped, but this was still a special week and he has confirmed that there will be another in July: he will be teeing it up at the 150th Open in St Andrews.
"I won't be playing a full schedule ever again and so it will just be the big events," he explained after carding a second 78 of the weekend for a tournament total of 13-over 301.
"I don't know if I will play (the PGA Championship at) Southern Hills (next month).
"But I am looking forward to St Andrews. That's very dear to my heart. I've won two Opens there and it's the Home of Golf.
"It's my favourite golf course in the world so I will be there for that one.
"But anything in-between that, I don't know. I will try. Like this week, I will try."
The tournament had started in sparkling fashion for Woods, with a brilliant opening round of 71 that defied his lack of preparation following his car accident 14 months ago.
But as the week wore on his fatigue and pain became more obvious, and he limped his way around the undulations of Augusta National on Sunday.
He was grateful for the experience. "It was an unbelievable feeling," he said. "I wasn't exactly playing my best out there, but just to have the support out there and the appreciation from all the fans.
"I don't think words can really describe that, given where I was a little over a year ago and what my prospects were at that time, to end up here and be able to play in all four rounds. Even a month ago I didn't know if I could pull this off.
"It's hard. I have those days where I just don't want to do anything. It just hurts, but as I alluded to earlier, I've had a great team around me that are super positive and have motivated me and helped me around.
"I put up a good first round. I got myself there. I don't quite have the endurance that I would like to have had.
"We're excited about the prospects of the future, about training, about getting into that gym and doing some other stuff to get my leg stronger. I think it needs a couple more days to heal after this, but we'll get back after it, and we'll get into it."
The PGA Championship takes place on May 19th-22nd, the Open is July 14th-17th.