Tiger Woods in the mix after ‘successful’ 68
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.