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4 key takes from Tiger Woods' comeback round

01 December, 2017, 05:38 | Author: Carla Brady
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"For me, I thought it was great", said Woods, who underwent spinal fuson surgery in April - his fourth back operation in the space of three years - after withdrawing from his most recent tournament in February in Dubai after an opening 77.

"I hadn't played in a while after some of difficulties I've been through. They're all trying to help me - they're always texting me to say 'Hey, come on, let's go out and play, '" Woods said. "It was fun to be out there and be part of a scorecard again".

Given all he has been through since playing his last tournament 10 months ago and the lack of time spent preparing for this tournament, it was an encouraging first step for the 14-time major champion who was making his first start in 301 days.

"I didn't know what I could do".

Three more pars followed before Woods holed from 25 feet for birdie on the eighth, although another duffed chip on the par-five ninth led to a first bogey of the day after reaching the edge of the green in two. This round featured five birdies and even included a signature Tiger fist pump (early in the round when he saved par with a putt from just off the green at the par-4 fourth). "I have been playing a lot of holes [at home] but it's different teeing up in a tournament".

Tommy Fleetwood leads the way in the Bahamas after a superb round, but all the focus surrounded Woods and his latest comeback.




"I had a lot of adrenalin going there".

"I just get a front row seat to it on Thursday, but I'm also looking forward to trying to kick his ass, to be perfectly honest".

"I had to dial it back a little bit".

His opening salvo enjoyed a bit of good luck as it bounced away from the sand and onto the fairway, and he very almost started with a birdie - only for his putt to burn the edge.

He made the turn three shots back from the leaders in a star-studded limited field, with Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth all at four under.

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