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

A top 10 finish at the Hero World Challenge left Tiger Woods with a smile on his dial

MIKE EHRMANN GETTY IMAGES A top 10 finish at the Hero World Challenge left Tiger Woods with a smile on his dial

The troubles for Woods started early yesterday morning as he took bogeys at the first and third holes before further miscues at six and seven saw him post a four-over 40 for the front nine. I hit some really good shots out there.

Global sporting icon Woods led for a short time during the second round and offered a demonstration of why he become 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 on Sunday.

Overnight leader Charley Hoffman (72) faded to second at 274 with England's Tommy Fleetwood (67) and Jordan Spieth (69) tied for third at 12-under 276.

The 14-time major champion will turn 42 on December 30 and his likely schedule is yet to be confirmed, however, there were enough positives from the four rounds to suggest Woods can be a regular contender again.

"I've missed the fight and getting out there and competing, fighting against the golf course and the guys".

Click on the video above to see Fowler's seven straight birdies! .

Tiger Woods had plenty of power off the tee in his comeback at the Hero World Challenge
MIKE EHRMANN GETTY IMAGES Tiger Woods had plenty of power off the tee in his comeback at the Hero World Challenge

It is not clear when Woods will play another event, but the expectation is at least he will compete again on the PGA Tour sometime in January. "He played well. I truly felt like he was going to play well just from when we played and then practice around here".

"I hit the most lovely three wood that went 300 yards in the wind".

"I really didn't feel I was that far off".

"The big thing though coming off a long break like Tiger has had is the feel".

Woods' return this week in the 18-man tournament which benefits his charity is his first event since back surgery in April. Last year, he returned to this same tournament at Albany Golf Club after a 15-month layoff and finished 15th out of 17 players.

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