Woods opens with 69 at Hero World Challenge


Tiger Woods continues to confound the golfing world with yet another impressive round at the Hero World Challenge in New Providence in the Bahamas. He had 12 birdies and three bogeys overall to get to 12 under for the no-cut tournament, three strokes ahead of Jordan Spieth and Tommy Fleetwood.

Woods briefly took the lead outright in the second round at 9-under, and later fell back to 7-under, tied for fourth place.

Tiger shot a four under 68 to go to seven under, five shots off the lead as Charley Hoffman carded a magnificent 63, with six birdies, two pars and a single bogey on a front nine which he completed in just 31 shots. Woods dropped a few shots with poor chips around the green, but most of the field also struggled with the tough bermuda lies here at Albany.

Woods grabbed his second birdie with a stunning 20-foot putt evoking loud applause, that even forced Fowler - playing nearly a hundred yards away - to take notice.

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In his first start in 10 months and only the fourth in two years following four back surgeries, the former world no. 1 didn't seem to have issues with his back and moved with his ease. "That's one of the reasons I went out and played nine straight days before, back home and down here, as well".

Meanwhile, Hoffman birdied each of the final five holes to finish off his stellar round.

In previous returns, Woods could be seen holding back or showing signs of pain.

Woods has not won a tournament since 2013 and has undergone four back surgeries since. He out-drove his playing partner, Henrik Stenson, by 25 yards. But for now, it is fun watching Tiger play golf and compete.