Rickie Fowler fires seven birdies in a row at Hero World Challenge


Tiger Woods capped his return to competition with a fine four-under par 68 on Sunday as red-hot Rickie Fowler won the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas.

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.

Starting the day seven shots behind Charley Hoffman, Fowler birdied his first seven holes to ultimately shoot an 11-under 61 to win by four shots at 18 under.

"I really didn't feel I was that far off".

Woods eagled the par-4, 350-yard seventh hole and mixed six birdies with two bogeys and a double bogey in his closing round.

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Woods fires final-round 68 as Fowler triumphs

"If you compared facially between last year and this year, the pain on his face, he looked five years younger for a start but I think we do have to be careful with the comparisons from years gone by because he soon will be 42 years of age", Nobilo said. "I just ended up in bad spots after good shots".

Woods, in his first tournament in almost 10 months following spinal fusion surgery, said he had some bad breaks on Saturday and that his game was better than his scorecard suggested. Toxicology reports revealed a plethora of prescription drugs in his system at the time of the arrest, including pain killers.

Click on the video above to see Fowler's seven straight birdies! .

Woods posted three under-par rounds for the week, including a final-round 4-under 68 that featured his eagle on No. 7 and a half-dozen birdies.

Fowler finished at 18-under, while Hoffman was 14-under with Tommy Fleetwood (67) and Jordan Spieth (69) Tied-3td at 12-under and defending champion Hideki Matsuyama (68) was Tied-5th with Patrick Reed (68) and Justin Rose (70). Woods beat current World No. 1 Dustin Johnson by eight shots.

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