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Woods ends strong at Hero tournament

05 December 2017

Former world number one Woods, who once wondered if 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. The 41-year-old looked at home throughout the tournament, and was powerfully crushing his drives and low-irons throughout the four days in the Bahamas, with his ball speeds approaching 180 miles-per-hour.

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

It has been nine years since Woods last won a major, the 2008 edition of the US Open.

But his chipping was mediocre, and he did finish only mid-pack, so let's not expect miracles in 2018 from a man almost 10 years removed from his most recent major championship victory, and four-plus years from any victory.

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"Anything I did right ended up in a bad spot, then everything I did wrong, it was really bad", Woods told NBC television.

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.

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.

Hoffman shot an even-par 72 in Round 4 to finish second at 14 under. "He played beautifully over the first two days, and although he didn't have his best day in the third round, the course was playing very hard". How am I going to get used to the adrenaline in my system, because it's the first time in a while. Woods beat current World No. 1 Dustin Johnson by eight shots.

Woods ends strong at Hero tournament