World tunes in to comeback

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - SPORTS | GOLF -

As the world watched, five sto­ry­lines emerged in Tiger Woods’ re­turn to com­pet­i­tive golf at the Hero World Chal­lenge in­vi­ta­tional in the Bahamas:

Full spec­trum:

There were mo­ments you wanted to fit Tiger for another green jacket. There were mo­ments you wanted him to give it up for good.

Woods al­ter­nated be­tween bril­liance and hor­ror and fin­ished with a 4-un­der-par 284. He shot the worst round of any­one at 76, but led in birdies with 24. He fired a bo­geyfree 65 in round two that was his best round since the last time he won — at the WGC event in Ohio back in 2013.

Friendly foes:

“It blew me away.” That’s what Woods said about so many fel­low pros of­fer­ing their sup­port, ad­vice and even just com­pany for a night out.

Af­ter nearly 20 years of fo­cus and grind­ing out wins with an in­timidat­ing aura, Tiger has learned the man be­hind the 14 ma­jors and 79 ca­reer wins has earned more re­spect and ad­mi­ra­tion from his ri­vals than he ever imag­ined. Play­ers gave their time to be in his char­ity events that ben­e­fit his foun­da­tion.

Trump-es­que:

Woods fired off lots of tweets in his role as Ry­der Cup as­sis­tant cap­tain. One ri­val spoke of how play­ers began tweet-com­par­ing tro­phy cases and Tiger chimed in with the all-time win­ner — only to be told he didn’t count.

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