Tiger Woods made his highly-anticipated return to competitive golf on Wednesday at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas. The 15-time major champion, who had not played competitive golf since a car crash in February, put in a solid performance in the first round, finishing with a 1-under 71.
Woods started his round with a bogey on the first hole, but quickly bounced back with a birdie on the second. He then traded birdies and bogeys on the front 9, eventually making the turn at even par.
On the back 9, Woods found his rhythm and made three birdies, including a clutch birdie on the 18th hole to finish under par.
Speaking after his round, Woods said, “I felt pretty good, considering that I haven’t played for so long. It was nice to be out there competing again, and I’m happy with how I played.”
Woods’ round was not without its struggles, as he found only 6 out of 13 fairways and hit only 12 out of 18 greens in regulation. However, his short game was sharp, and he made some crucial par saves to keep his round together.
This performance will undoubtedly be a confidence booster for Woods as he continues his comeback in the sport. The 45-year-old has had to deal with multiple injuries and setbacks in recent years, and his return to competitive golf has sparked excitement among fans and players alike.
Woods’ appearance at the Hero World Challenge is a positive sign for his future in the game, and many are hopeful that he can continue to progress and compete at the highest level.
The Hero World Challenge, which has a limited field of 20 players, is a non-official PGA Tour event hosted by Woods to benefit his foundation. The tournament features some of the top players in the world and provides a great opportunity for Woods to test his game against top competition.
Woods’ first-round performance has certainly generated a lot of buzz in the golf world, and fans will be eagerly waiting to see how he performs in the remaining rounds of the tournament.
As Woods continues his journey back to competitive golf, his performance at the Hero World Challenge will be closely watched and analyzed as he looks to regain his form and contend for more titles in the future.