Sunday 17 December 2017

He's back: Tiger Woods shoots brilliant 65 in Bahamas

Tiger Woods (R) of the United States celebrates with caddie Joe LaCava (L) as he walks off the 18th green
Tiger Woods (R) of the United States celebrates with caddie Joe LaCava (L) as he walks off the 18th green

Tiger Woods delivered a hugely encouraging second-round performance at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas as his comeback continued on Friday.

Returning after two back operations to play competitive golf for the first time since August 2015, the 14-time major winner had had a mixed first day, making a superb start before some slip-ups forced him to settle for a one-over-par 73.

Things went much more smoothly for Woods on Friday as he carded seven birdies - including four in his last eight holes - in a bogey-free round of 65.

At six under, Woods moved up to joint eighth, six shots off the lead held by JB Holmes, who was yet to reach the halfway point of his second round.

Woods' enjoyment was summed up by an enthusiastic fist pump after he sunk a long putt for par on the 16th, which he had double-bogeyed on Thursday. He also made par on the 18th having double-bogeyed it a day earlier.

The 40-year-old former world number one - now ranked 898th - told Sky Sports: "It feels good.

"Yesterday I had it going for three holes (he hit three successive birdies on the sixth, seventh and eighth) and I lost it and finished over par.

"Today was different - I turned those two par fives (the ninth and the 11th, both of which he bogeyed on Thursday) into under-par and consequently I was able to play the middle part of the round better.

"I kept the momentum going and moved myself up the board."

Woods had started the day 17th on an 18-man leaderboard, with only Justin Rose having been below him before the Olympic champion was forced to withdraw.

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