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Tiger Woods comeback: He's back and showing flashes of his old self

Tiger Woods comeback: He's back and showing flashes of his old self

Fourteen-time major victor Tiger Woods shot a three-under-par 69 as he returned at the Hero World Challenge following nine months out injured.

Woods then missed the cut at Torrey Pines in January and withdrew from the Dubai Desert Classic the following week because of a back spasm.

The 14-times Major champion threatened to take the lead on his return to competitive action after nine months out following back surgery.

He shot five birdies and two bogeys to trail England's Tommy Fleetwood by three shots in the Bahamas.

In other words, it has been a long time since Tiger won.

Making the 10th comeback after an absence of 10 weeks or more of his career, Woods needed a fortunate bounce to keep his opening tee shot on the fairway before pitching to 12 feet and narrowly missing the birdie attempt.

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He made the turn three shots back of the leaders in a star-studded limited field, with Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth all at minus-4. Again, very Tiger-like.

There was even a vintage fist pump after a 20ft putt for par dropped on the fourth hole.

"I didn't know what I could do". Last year, he returned to this same tournament at Albany Golf Club after a 15-month layoff and finished 15th out of 17 players. I had a lot of adrenaline going and I had to dial it back a bit.

Former world number one Woods is now ranked 1,199th and is a 40/1 outsider in the 18-man field, with world ranking points on offer as he looks to kick-start his flagging career.

The highlight of his comeback arrived at the eighth hole, as he produced a stunning long range putt to move to two under par.