Stun­ning re­vival has Tiger in hunt

Sunday Tasmanian - - Sport - Ba­hamas

TIGER Woods got off to a fast start and briefly held the out­right lead in the sec­ond round of the Hero World Chal­lenge be­fore fin­ish­ing with a fou­run­der-par 68, tied for fifth.

Woods scored an ea­gle, four birdies and two bo­geys as his come­back con­tin­ued in the Ba­hamas yes­ter­day.

The for­mer world No. 1 stands at seven-un­der 137 in his first tour­na­ment in nearly 10 months fol­low­ing spinal fu­sion surgery.

“I proved the surgery is suc­cess­ful and the re­hab is fan­tas­tic,” Woods told the Golf Chan­nel when asked about his play over the first two days of the elite 18-man event that fea­tures eight of the world’s top 10.

“Now I have a chance to go out there and play com­pet­i­tive golf again.”

Charley Hoff­man’s nine­un­der 63, which in­cluded 12 birdies, put him ahead at 12un­der 132, three strokes ahead of Jor­dan Spi­eth (67) and Eng­land’s Tommy Fleet­wood (69).

Fleet­wood’s coun­try­man Justin Rose (68) was alone in fourth on eight-un­der, with Woods a stroke back along­side Matt Kuchar and Rickie Fowler, who both shot 70s, Ja­pan’s Hideki Mat­suyama (66) and Italy’s Francesco Moli­nari (68).

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