Tiger Woods closes Hero World Challenge with strong round, shoots 68

Isaac Cain
December 4, 2017

Rickie Fowler produced a course record round of 61 to surge to victory in the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas as Tiger Woods' challenge evaporated.

After solid displays on his opening two rounds had left him at seven under par for the tournament, the former world number one suffered a torrid third round with a three-over-par 75.

"It's was not only nice to get that first round out of the way, but I'm only three shots out of the lead", Woods said. The 28-year-old began the day seven shots back of 54-hole leader Charley Hoffman and wasted no time making up ground.

Woods was 10 strokes back but played pain free in hitting six birdies and an eagle at the Albany course before two closing bogeys.

England's Tommy Fleetwood (67) and Jordan Spieth (69) tied for third at 12-under 276. "I just ended up in bad spots after good shots".

His second shot hit a rock hidden in the sand, leaving him with a hard up and down to save par.

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Perhaps the biggest positives were the way Woods drove the ball and his ability to make a few clutch putts. Bogeys on the par-five sixth, par-four seventh and par-four 10th further deepened the gloom.

After rolling in his putt at No. 14, Woods doffed his cap and gave fans a little bow.

He played the five par-five holes in four under on Friday, but was two over on Saturday. But, hey, it's just one of those days. tomorrow is another fight. "It just ended that way". "It feels good", he said.

Woods' return this week in the 18-man tournament which benefits his charity is his first event since back surgery in April.

Woods also had some chipping problems, although it doesn't appear related to his 2015 struggles in the regard. His only wayward tee shot came at the par-5 15th, where Woods appeared to swing too hard, losing the shot to the right and having to take an unplayable lie.

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