Tiger Woods finishes 9th on comeback

Rachel Hardy
December 5, 2017

It's a similar position to where Woods finished 2016 (No. 652) in the OWGR.

If that was the highlight of Woods' return to tournament golf after a 10-month layoff, the takeaway was that he appears healthy and ready to compete with the game's elite players in the next year. The California native also tied for the ninth most birdies rolled in out of the field, and hit 65% of his fairways which tied for the seventh best.

With a T-9 in the 18-man event in the Bahamas, Woods moved up 631 spots.

Woods underwent a fourth back surgery last April and made headlines when he was arrested near his Jupiter, Fla. home for driving under the influence.

Starting the day seven shots behind Charley Hoffman, Fowler birdied his first seven holes to ultimately shoot an 11-under 61 to win by four shots at 18 under. "I showed some good signs", he said, adding that they pointed toward "a bright future".

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Woods has won 14 majors in an incredible career, and his former coach Harmon is not writing off the 41-year-old's chances of adding to that tally.

Woods posted three under-par rounds for the week, including a final-round 4-under 68 that featured his eagle on No. 7 and a half-dozen birdies.

Fowler was in a class of his own in a scintillating exhibition, birdying the first seven holes and surging into a two-shot lead by going out in 28. Jordan Spieth and Tommy Fleetwood, who is getting married on the course Tuesday, finished tied for third at 12 under. "Nobody was sure how far he'd hit his iron shots, but I think he's done pretty well with that too".

"I'm excited", said Woods, who was playing his first tournament for 301 days since pulling out the Dubai Desert Classic in February. Woods beat current World No. 1 Dustin Johnson by eight shots.

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