Woods ties for ninth in Bahamas as Fowler wins with closing 61

Jonathan Hernandez
December 4, 2017

Tiger Woods proved he could be competitive again after playing some of the best golf of his comeback with a final-round four-under 68 to tie for ninth at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas on Sunday.

Overnight leader Charley Hoffman (72) faded to second at 274 with England's Tommy Fleetwood (67) and Jordan Spieth (69) tied for third at 12-under 276.

Woods shot a 76 in the final round a year ago, which left a bitter taste even after a showing in which he led the field in birdies.

In his traditional Sunday red shirt and black trousers, Woods added a 4-under 68 to his opening rounds of 69-68-75 to finish at 8 under for the tournament and sits mid-field in the 18-man event at Albany. And as recently as June, Nicklaus said that if Woods should resume playing golf he still firmly believed that Woods, who turns 42 later this month, could challenge his record of 18 major championships.

Tournament host Woods made three birdies on the front nine and there were huge cheers when he holed a tricky putt for an eagle two at the 350-yard par-four seventh, set up by a mammoth tee shot which ended up beyond the pin. But, hey, it's just one of those days. tomorrow is another fight.

He was right in it after two rounds, but a Saturday 75 dropped him well back of the lead, and Rickie Fowler has spent Sunday birdying literally all the damn holes, so Tiger is out of it. He opened with a bogey and had three more in the first seven holes.

"I really didn't feel like I was that far off, that's the insane part", said Woods, who is playing for the first time in 10 months following a fourth back surgery. "I just ended up in bad spots after good shots".

"I've had some tough times through the years with my back and then finally to come out on the good side and (be) able to get back out there and play".

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