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Woods opens with 69 at Hero World Challenge

02 December, 2017, 01:03 | Author: Sylvester Abbott
  • Nov 29 2017 New Providence The Bahamas Tiger Woods acknowledges after making his putt on the 17th hole during a pro-am for the Hero World Challenge golf tournament at Albany. Mandatory Credit Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Woods captivated the golf world by tallying birdies on three of his first four holes and making eagle at the par-5 9th to shoot 5-under 31 on the front nine.

This moved Woods to 6 under as he entered the back nine and after making par on the 10th, he birdied the 11th which moved him to six under and also put him to the top of the leaderboard.

If the 41-year-old had stirred the memory bank with his first-round 69, then with three birdies in his first four holes, he switched on the mixer and made all the high-points of his career suddenly pour over back into the consciousness. He settled for an effortless par, and just like that he was off in the event he has won five times.

Even for Woods - the redshirted one who, with is unprecedented showreel, taught golf to ignore every barrier that had ever been there before - this seemed surreal. "If that's the case, I think a good, solid round should get me up there".

Putting was a problem for Woods as he was surprised by the quickness of the surface.

"I thought it was great", said Woods, who matched the round of his playing partner in PGA Tour's Player of the Year Justin Thomas. Still, there's a lot more to learn.

Spieth had seven birdies and two bogeys during Friday's round. I've learned a lot of things since my surgeon said go ahead and start swinging full. After two more birdies at the 3rd and 4th, he had a share of the lead for the first time in a professional tournament since the 2015 Wyndham Championship. While he had his chances, he didn't make another birdie and finished with a bogey after a poor drive. Those are the internal struggles I haven't had for a while. A few more pars followed as Woods was all business - nearly expressionless and clearly enjoying his return after 10 months - before providing a peek into his famous fist-pump on the par-3 eighth.

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