Rickie Fowler fires seven birdies in a row at Hero World Challenge

Tiger Woods finished well at his comeback event the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas

The future looks bright for Tiger Woods after the 79-time PGA TOUR victor successfully negotiated all four rounds at the Hero World Challenge in his long-awaited comeback from back surgery.

Breezy conditions made sub-par rounds hard at the Albany course with overnight leader Hoffman one of the few to deliver, surging to a five-stroke lead after a birdie at 18 for a two-under 70 and a 202 total.

"Anything that I did right ended up in a bad spot, and then anything I did wrong it was really bad", Woods said.

A further bogey followed on the par-five third when an attempted chip onto the green struck the bank and rolled back.

Hoffman also had a bright start with six birdies and a bogey on the front nine and pulled away on the back side with six more birdies and two bogeys.

A sensational final round of 61 for a total of 18-under-par 270 saw Fowler leapfrog up the leaderboard, comfortably overcoming a seven stroke starting deficit on 54-hole leader Charley Hoffman.


After rolling in his putt at No. 14, Woods doffed his cap and gave fans a little bow.

"I've got to keep fighting and that is one thing I have always done in my entire career".

"I really didn't feel like I was that far off, that's the insane part", he said. "At that time, I had already played four par-fives and nothing happened".

Woods shot a 76 in the final round a year ago, which left a bitter taste even after a showing in which he led the field in birdies.

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.

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