Tiger Woods shot a 4-under 68 on Sunday to finish at 8-under at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas in his first tournament in more than nine months.
Woods bounced back from a 75 the previous day to tie his low round of the tournament on Sunday. He had an eagle and three birdies to make the turn in 5-under 31 for the second time in the tournament, but double-bogeyed the 10th hole.
Woods, 41, birdied three of his next five holes to reach 10-under before closing with a pair of bogeys at the Albany Golf Club. Still, he was pleased with his progress in his first tournament since withdrawing from the Dubai Desert Classic in February.
“I knew I was going to be able to play all four rounds, that wasn’t going to be the issue,” said Woods, who added that he felt no pain in his surgically-repaired back. “The issue was going to be how was my scoring to be, how was my feel? How am I going to get used to the adrenaline in my system for the first time in a while? It took a little bit of time.
“I was still scratchy with my irons. I drove it pretty good all week and made some good putts. Overall I’m very pleased, I showed some good signs and I have a bright future.”
Woods said the only pain he felt was “in his head” from a few bad shots he hit throughout the week. But there were also shots like the drive he hit on the 336-yard par-4 seventh on Sunday, followed a long eagle putt.
“I felt good,” Woods said of the big swing he took on the drive, followed by an eagle putt that broke about two-and-a-half feet. “I’ll take that.”