Woods opens with 69 at Hero World Challenge

Dec 02, 2017, 00:43
Woods opens with 69 at Hero World Challenge

Five holes later, Woods threw another charge into the proceedings when he knocked his approach at the par-5 9th to 15, then holed the ensuing eagle putt.

Woods's back nine was much more uneven, with a three-putt bogey at the par-3 12th, and another bogey at 18, where he fanned his tee shot into some clumpy sand right of the fairway.

"I hadn't played in a while but it was fun to play with a scorecard in hand again".

The 14-time major champion was superb on the front nine, making three birdies in his first four holes to grab a share of the lead, looking rock-solid from tee to green. With AP Photos.One of the biggest cheers at the Hero World Challenge was seeing the name Tiger Woods go to the top of the leaderboard. In previous returns, Woods could be seen holding back or showing signs of pain. Woods had a 68 and finished five shots behind Charley Hoffman.

Woods opens with 69 at Hero World Challenge

After an opening round 69 it was more of the Woods we all know as he declared that he was confident he could win the Hero World Challenge. "I've still got a long way to go", added Woods, who also missed the entire 2015-2016 season.

"I'm just getting back". Those are the internal struggles I haven't had for a while. "I played nine straight days at home before coming here and that's one of the reasons I did just that".

Indeed that was what caused a first dropped shot of the day at the 12th after he raced his birdie putt past and failed to make the par putt back. "The greens they seemed to be a foot faster", he said after his round.