Tiger Woods in the mix af­ter ‘suc­cess­ful’ 68

Sunday Observer - - SPORT - AFP

MIAMI - Tiger Woods fired a four-un­der-par 68 to re­main in con­tention in his come­back event at the Hero World Chal­lenge in the Ba­hamas on Fri­day.

The 41-year-old su­per­star, play­ing his first tour­na­ment in nearly 10 months, vaulted up the leader­board at the Al­bany Golf Club with a blis­ter­ing front nine.

The 14-time-ma­jor cham­pion was five-un­der for the day af­ter post­ing three birdies and an ea­gle be­fore the turn to go eight-un­der for the tour­na­ment.

How­ever Woods’ mo­men­tum fal­tered on the back nine, where two bo­geys saw him even­tu­ally fin­ish the day at seven-un­der. Woods has plenty of ground to make up over the week­end, how­ever, with leader Charley Hoff­man pro­duc­ing a stun­ning nine-un­der­par 63 to move to 12-un­der. Yet Woods was sat­is­fied with another solid day of tour­na­ment golf af­ter spend­ing most of the past two years side­lined with a de­bil­i­tat­ing back in­jury.

“I think it was suc­cess­ful be­cause I shot 31 on the front nine,” Woods told re­porters after­wards.

“I built upon what I did yes­ter­day. I cleaned it up.

“The only thing I strug­gled with was the speed of the greens. They seemed to be a foot faster.” Woods added that he was sat­is­fied with his fit­ness fol­low­ing spinal fu­sion surgery on his back in April. “I proved that the surgery was suc­cess­ful and that the re­hab was fan­tas­tic. I got a chance to go out there and play com­pet­i­tive golf again,” Woods said.

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