Tiger Woods back on the leaderboard and back turning heads


Woods scored a birdie on the third hole to move to five-under and a tie for second.

The chipping looks much better today and this is easily the best we've seen Tiger play in quite some time.

Woods was almost flawless on the front-nine at Albany Golf Club.

A birdie at the first following a flawless drive and a clipped wedge to five feet got the show on the road before further birdies at the par five third and par four fourth moved him into a tie for the lead at six under. "Now I have a chance to go out there and play competitive golf again".

Unfortunately, he bogeyed the next hole and then made par for the rest of the back nine until he bogeyed the 18th which put took a bit of gloss off his mostly, excellent round. 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.

"I struggled all day with speed on the greens".

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"I thought it was great", said Woods, who matched the round of his playing partner in PGA Tour's Player of the Year Justin Thomas.

The back nine, as he admitted himself, was a little disappointing, with just one birdie coming his way at the par five 11th.

That the world no. 18 was up at 4 am to feed young son Frankie seemed to have no effect on his fluent play and he said he felt good with his scores.

Woods reacts to a missed putt on the 12th green. The Masters, which Woods last won 12 years ago, are in April.

His first birdie came on the first when a 96-yard approach shot landed five feet from the hole for a simple birdie putt.