Woods has won 14 majors in an incredible career, and his former coach Harmon is not writing off the 41-year-old's chances of adding to that tally.
"Right now it's easy to think he can be Tiger Woods again and be the best in the world, but that would be a stretch for him", Harmon wrote.
No more birdies were forthcoming, however, and Fowler settled for a course-record 61 and an 18-under total of 270.
Third-round leader Hoffman (72) once again failed to convert his 54-hole lead into a win and finished four behind Fowler. It was also his first tournament since undergoing a fourth back surgery in April. Perhaps most importantly, Woods didn't experience any back pain throughout the four rounds, and since there isn't a Tour event until January 4, Woods will have plenty of time to gear back up for his second tournament of 2017-18.
Woods, the former longtime world No. 1 and 14-time major champion, had not officially logged four competitive rounds since the Wyndham Championship on August 20-23, 2015.
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"I've got to be honest, I really like the way Tiger is swinging the club", Harmon wrote. "I just ended up in bad spots after good shots".
"I'm excited", Woods said on Sunday.
The world number nine added another three birdies after the turn to take command, winning at a canter as Hoffman could only manage a level-par 72.
Woods shot rounds of 69-68-75-68 in his first start in 10 months.
Fowler was in a class of his own in a scintillating exhibition, birdying the first seven holes and surging into a two-shot lead by going out in 28. England's Tommy Fleetwood (276), world No. 2 Jordan Spieth (276) and world No. 5 Hideki Matsuyama of Japan (277), Patrick Reed (277) and Olympic champion and world No. 6 Justin Rose of England (277) rounded out the top five.