Tiger Woods continues his remarkable comeback at the Hero World Challenge

Tiger Woods continues his remarkable comeback at the Hero World Challenge

Woods scored a birdie on the third hole to move to five-under and a tie for second.

"I proved that the surgery was successful", Woods told the Golf Channel in a post-round interview.

Unfortunately, he bogeyed the next hole and then made par for the rest of the back nine until he bogeyed the 18th which put took a bit of gloss off his mostly, excellent round.

In his first start in 10 months and only the fourth in two years following four back surgeries, the former world no. 1 didn't seem to have issues with his back and moved with his ease.

Against long odds, facing some of the best players in the world and coming just seven months after spinal fusion surgery to his lower back, the former world No. 1 and victor of 14 majors and 79 PGA Tour titles put himself in position Friday to actually win for the first time since 2013.

Four hours of a solid round of golf lowered Woods' odds of winning the Masters from 66-1 to 33-1, according to Vegas Insider.

Putting was a problem for Woods as he was surprised by the quickness of the surface. "A lot more practice, a lot more training and more tournaments". I've learned a lot of things since my surgeon said go ahead and start swinging full.

On the back nine, he picked up three more birdies before a bogey on the 15th pegged him back again. "I played nine straight days at home before coming here and that's one of the reasons I did just that".

Meanwhile, Hoffman birdied each of the final five holes to finish off his stellar round. While he had his chances, he didn't make another birdie and finished with a bogey after a poor drive. A few more pars followed as Woods was all business - nearly expressionless and clearly enjoying his return after 10 months - before providing a peek into his famous fist-pump on the par-3 eighth.

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