Tiger still in the woods

Tiger still in the woods

Tiger still in the woods

Butch Harmon said it is not out of the question that Tiger Woods will win another major after an encouraging comeback at the Hero World Challenge.

After two strong rounds put the former world No. 1 in contention for his first win since 2013, Woods recorded four of his five bogeys in the first seven holes to slip to 10th at four-under 212, 10 strokes behind leader Charley Hoffman.

Tommy Fleetwood and Jordan Spieth finished in a tie for third place on 12 under.

Many wondered how Woods would do in his first tournament in almost 10 months following spinal fusion surgery and the answer was a positive one, especially on the final day.

Breezy conditions made sub-par rounds hard at the Albany course with overnight leader Hoffman one of the few to deliver, surging to a five-stroke lead after a birdie at 18 for a two-under 70 and a 202 total. Though he made a double bogey on the 10th hole - his first double of the week - Woods added three birdies on his back nine before he closed with a pair of bogeys. I hit some really good shots out there. "I don't know what golf courses I will be playing, what's the best way to go about it".

"The shot that really threw me for a loop was the shot at three", Woods said.

If that was the highlight of Woods' return to tournament golf after a 10-month layoff, the takeaway was that he appears healthy and ready to compete with the game's elite players in the next year.

Global sporting icon Woods led for a short time during the second round and offered a demonstration of why he became a golfing great with a huge drive onto the green before holing a tricky putt for an eagle at the 350-yard par-four eighth in his final round Sunday. "We took care of that and kept it rolling".

"It feels good to be out here fighting again", he said.

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