Woods started the final round in contention at the Dell Technologies Championship and two birdies from the opening four holes had fans dreaming of another late push.
However, the 14-time major champion fell apart on the final five holes, double-bogeying the 16th to finish seven-under-par for the tournament.
He cut a frustrated figure during the final round, but he still took time to sign autographs after he finished.
But, despite being one of the most media-friendly players on the PGA Tour this season, Woods declined interviews for the first time in 2018.
And fans were quick to speculate the reason why Woods didn’t want to face the media.
One person said on Twitter: “That means he is p****d but I’m vey glad he is signing autographs. I don’t think I have ever seen that.”
Another tweeted: “Me thinks he’s pretty p****d at himself. He is as impatient as we are to have him play great… and win.”
A third fan said: “He’s really back now!!! I like this move, he should get mad… this is good.”
USA Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk will reveal three of his four wildcard picks tomorrow night (10pm BST) for the tournament later this month.
Woods is widely expected to be named with one of the picks while Phil Mickelson and Bryson DeChambeau should be named as the other two.
Furyk will reveal his fourth and final wildcard after the BMW Championship on Monday, September 10 at 2pm BST (9am ET).
Woods hasn’t competed at a Ryder Cup since 2012 at Medinah when Europe recorded a famous victory.
The 42-year-old doesn’t have the best record at the Ryder Cup, winning 13 and losing 17 of all matches while halving three.