It has been quite a long, virtual exile. But finally there is light at the end of the tunnel for Tiger Woods.

Woods, the most celebrated and controversial golfer in U.S. history, has finally ended two years of drought and misery, both on and off course. On Sunday, he birdied his last two holes, making a 6-foot putt on the 18th, to seal victory in the Chevron World Challenge by one shot over former Masters champion Zach Johnson.

Woods, the iconic player who dominated golf for long wining 14 professional golf championships, closed with a 3-under 69, sweeping his arm when the final putt dropped, then slamming down his first in a celebration that was a long time coming, according to a report carried by the CBS News. And it marked 749 days of drought that spread through 26 official tournaments, since Nov. 15, 2009 to be precise.

On the personal front since then, trouble mounted for him. Revelations of extramarital affairs led to divorce from wife Elin Nordegren. A car crash on a Thanksgiving night in Florida, a series of injuries - all followed.

Sunday's victory was Woods' 83rd win worldwide, and the fifth in the Chevron World Challenge. The win has also catapulted him to No. 21 in the world ranking. "It just feels awesome whatever it is," he said.

Woods is not expected to play again until starting his year in Abu Dhabi by the end of next month.

Here are some of the key moments from the event:

Tiger Woods tees off during the final round of the Chevron World Challenge PGA golf tournament in Thousand Oaks.Reuters
Tiger Woods holds up the trophy after winning the final round of the Chevron World Challenge PGA golf tournament in Thousand Oaks.Reuters
Tiger Woods acknowledges the crowd after making a birdie during the final round of the Chevron World Challenge PGA golf tournament in Thousand Oaks.Reuters
Tiger Woods hugs his caddie LaCava after winning the final round of the Chevron World Challenge PGA golf tournament in Thousand Oaks.Reuters
Tiger Woods celebrates after winning the final round of the Chevron World Challenge PGA golf tournament in Thousand OaksReuters