Woods ties for ninth in Bahamas as Fowler wins with closing 61


For the third time in four days, Tiger Woods showed masterful control of his golf ball en route to a round in the 60s, closing the Hero World Challenge with a four-under 68 Sunday.

Woods, in his first tournament in almost 10 months following spinal fusion surgery, said that he had some bad breaks and that his game was better than his scorecard suggested.

He played the five par-five holes in four under on Friday, but was two over on Saturday.

"When I was struggling with my back, the world seemed very small". "After I hit that 8-iron in there pin high (on the par-3 second), I felt I've got the rhythm".

"Then I thought he would play but never win again".

"Woods turned that into his first birdie of the day, and a hole later he had his first fist pump after holing a 15-footer for par that was a result of a chunked chip".

Tiger Woods put together a strong round in his final day of the Hero World Challenge. Both of his over-par scores came on par-5s, which he played in 1 over, clearly an aspect of his game that he will need to improve.

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He had another eagle putt on the par-5 11th, and generally looks like powerful-ass Tiger friggin' Woods out there. "I haven't quite figured it out yet".

"It felt great because I don't want to lose shots", he said. "But again, I am most happy to see him healthy". I think we have to crawl before we can walk and walk before we can run.

"I hit the most handsome three wood that went 300 yards in the wind". And as recently as June, Nicklaus said that if Woods should resume playing golf he still firmly believed that Woods, who turns 42 later this month, could challenge his record of 18 major championships.

"I really didn't feel I was that far off. So there are a lot of positives".

Woods' return this week in the 18-man tournament which benefits his charity is his first event since back surgery in April.

Jordan Spieth (72) and England's Justin Rose (71) were tied for second at nine-under 207, one stroke ahead of Italy's Francesco Molinari (71).