Monday, 11 December, 2017

Rickie Fowler shoots final-round 61 to win 2017 Hero World Challenge

Tiger Woods return turns the dial for TV ratings Top-10 finish in return
Elias Hubbard | 04 December, 2017, 01:28

Tiger Woods' hopes of a fairytale return faded on Saturday after an error-strewn round saw him tumble down the leaderboard at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas.

Fowler began the day with seven consecutive birdies and shot 11-under 61 to win by four strokes.

Woods was 10 strokes back but he had plenty of smiles as he answered the question of how he would do in his first tournament in almost 10 months following spinal fusion surgery.

"I really didn't feel like I was that far off, that's the insane part", said Woods, who is playing for the first time in 10 months following a fourth back surgery.

Hoffman countered two bogeys and a double-bogey with six birdies in a two-under 70 and a 14-under total of 202.

"I showed some good signs", Woods told NBC Sports after finishing the four days at eight-under 280. "Not quite hitting it as far, but I had the adrenaline going and overall, I'm very pleased".

"I haven't had a chance yet to see Tiger play and can only go by the results".

"You've got to keep fighting, and that's one of things I've always done in my entire career is just keep fighting and try to post the best number I possibly could", Woods added.

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. Instead, Woods shot 40 on the front nine, didn't make a birdie until the 14th hole and wound up with a 75.

Jordan Spieth (72) and England's Justin Rose (71) were tied for second at nine-under 207, one stroke ahead of Italy's Francesco Molinari (71).

"I'm excited", Woods said afterward.

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