And Faldo said the 42-year-old will add to his 15 major titles after four back surgeries and 10 years since his last triumph at the 2008 US Open.
It was his best result in a major since he finished tied fourth at the 2013 US Masters, and he had the record galleries in St Louis so enthralled the final pairing of victor Brooks Kopeka and Australian Adam Scott went largely unnoticed.
With Woods in the hunt on Sunday, CBS saw ratings that were 69% higher than the previous year - 2017.
And the former world number one strengthened his case for inclusion in the team with a second place finish in the PGA Championship.
Getty Brooks Koepka of the United States lines up a putt on the third green during the final round of the 2018 PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club on August 12, 2018 in St Louis, Missouri.
After his PGA effort, Woods sits 11th on the rankings for the 12-man US Ryder Cup team, with the top eight qualifying automatically and the final four spots decided by the captain.
"I could hear it", Koepka said and smiled as Woods hugged him afterward, acknowledging just how boisterous it was up ahead as Woods was making eight birdies in a round of 64.
Woods silenced his doubters with his best performance in a major in years. My putting was OK but God, I hadn't played in two years.
But with four holes to go at the PGA Championship on Sunday the Australian was tied for the lead with Brooks Koepka and eyeing what would have been an extremely emotional win in the week good friend Jarrod Lyle passed away from his near 20-year battle with cancer.
"Going from that to even being able to play this year to this, it's absolutely mind blowing", Koepka said. "This was the first real Tiger effect I've experienced with that many people". He's already a member of the team as one of Furyk's vice captains and figures to serve a role as both player and assistant. "What is important is how well Tiger has played".
"Sixth place at the Open championship, second place at the PGA". "We want the players that are going to help us be successful". I was always trailing.
"I think the word he used is 'trending.' His game is trending", Furyk said with a smile.
"It's pretty obvious when Tiger makes a birdie".
"I remember I went to the British Open when Ben Curtis won (in 2003)".
Tiger Woods may be the American golfer everyone most wants to see at Ryder Cup, but the team's captain isn't quite ready to commit to putting him on the squad.