Monday, 11 December 2017

Sports

Woods Loses In Bahamas

Tiger Woods announced his return to golf with a fine four-under par 68 on Sunday as red-hot Rickie Fowler won the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas.

Former world number one, Woods, who once feared that a nagging back trouble would spell the end of his career, had an eagle and six birdies to finish 72 holes on eight-under-par 280.

Fowler finished four shots in front of fellow American Charley Hoffman, the overnight leader by five strokes who carded a final-round 72 for 274.

Jordan Spieth, tied for second to start the round, fired a final-round 69 to share third on 276 with England’s Tommy Fleetwood, who signed for a 67.

Most importantly, he said, he played all week without pain.

“Overall, I’m very pleased. I showed some good signs,” he said, adding that they pointed toward “a bright future”.

Woods’s impressive display off the tee included a monster drive at the par-four seventh that led to his eagle.

That was just one of the shots that delighted an enthusiastic gallery following the 14-time major champion that included Spanish tennis star, Rafael Nadal.

“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 seasons with back trouble.

“The issue was how my scoring was going to be, how was my feel? How am I going to get used to the adrenaline in my system, because it’s the first time in a while.

“That took a little bit of time,” added Woods, who finished the week with rounds of 69, 68, 75 and 68.

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