Woods ends strong at Hero tournament

Woods ends strong at Hero tournament

Woods ends strong at Hero tournament

Woods, who has had eight separate injury lay-offs since winning his 14th and most recent major - the 2008 US Open, will carefully plan his schedule for next year. The 14-time major champ is now ranked No. 668 after entering the week at No. 1,199.

Woods, playing competitively for the first time since last February in Dubai, carded a final-round 4-under-par 68 to finish tied for ninth place at 8-under 280 in the Hero World Challenge at Albany Golf Club in New Province, The Bahamas.

"I knew I was going to be able to play all four rounds, that wasn't going to be an issue", said Woods, who also missed all of the 2015-16 season with back trouble.

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

The 41-year-old did not hold back as he completed an encouraging comeback without showing any signs of being in pain after undergoing a fourth back operation in April.

Fowler sprinkled 11 birdies - including seven straight from Nos. "This is the way I've been playing at home and when I came out here and played, I was playing very similar to this".

After two strong rounds put the former world number one in contention for his first win since 2013, Woods recorded four of his five bogeys in the first seven holes to slip to 10th at four-under 212, 10 strokes behind leader Charley Hoffman. "I just ended up in bad spots after good shots". "Nobody was sure how far he'd hit his iron shots, but I think he's done pretty well with that too". Woods beat current World No. 1 Dustin Johnson by eight shots.

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