Woods ties for ninth in Bahamas as Fowler wins with closing 61

Woods ties for ninth in Bahamas as Fowler wins with closing 61

Woods finally picked up a shot at the 14th, doffing his hat to the crowd in relief, before carding another birdie at the par-three 17th. The world number nine birdied his first seven holes and won the elite event by four strokes thanks to a course record 11-under par 61 that left him at 18-under 270 for the tournament.

Woods, in his first tournament in almost 10 months following spinal fusion surgery, said he had some bad breaks on Saturday and that his game was better than his scorecard suggested. "We took care of that and kept it rolling".

"I really didn't feel like I was that far off, that's the insane part", he said.

Just as talk of Tigers Woods' successful return to competitive golf had started to do the rounds, the 42-old-year lost momentum on the penultimate day, falling off the pace set by the leaders on a windy, hot day here on Saturday and affirming a return to full-blown competitive golf was still some distance away. "I hit some really good shots out there (and am ready for) a bright future. and no pain". "When you're out for this duration of time, it's very different to be out here like this and try to post a number". "It feels good to be out here fighting again". "I've missed the fight and getting out there and competing, fighting against the golf course and the guys".




Hoffman finished with nine successive pars to claim second place four shots behind Fowler and two ahead of England's Tommy Fleetwood and Jordan Spieth, who shot 67 and 69 respectively.

"I'm excited", Woods said afterward.

Tournament host Woods made three birdies on the front nine and there were huge cheers when he holed a tricky putt for an eagle two at the 350-yard par-four seventh, set up by a mammoth tee shot which ended up beyond the pin.

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