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Rickie Fowler conquers Bahamas to win Hero World Challenge

05 December, 2017, 02:14 | Author: Glenda Knight
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The 41-year-old did not hold back as he completed an encouraging comeback without showing any signs of being in pain after undergoing a fourth back operation in April.

Harmon did contest that when it comes to Woods, no one can rule out anything.

Woods shot rounds of 69-68-75-68 in his first start in 10 months.

The major story this week was Tiger Woods' latest return to golf.

Most importantly, he said, he played all week without pain. Two takeaways from this 18-man exhibition in The Bahamas: the 41-year-old, who turns 42 on December 30th, completed four rounds for the first time since here last year - where he finished 15th on 4-under 284 (73-65-70-76) - and, he did so pain-free.

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The 14-time major champion lit up the front nine at the Albany Golf Course, hitting the turn in 31 for the second time this week before having to settle for a four-under 68 to finish in a share of ninth on eight under.

"I knew I was going to be able to play all four rounds, that wasn't going to be an issue", said Woods, who also missed all of the 2015-16 season with back trouble.

Woods was guarded as ever on Sunday when asked about his early 2018 schedule, but the two early season PGA Tour stops in southern California - at Torrey Pines, where he has won eight times, and Riviera - loom as likely candidates, along with the hometown Honda Classic in south Florida.

Woods needs to win four more majors to match Jack Nicklaus's record of 18 victories, which even his most optimistic fans must acknowledge is out of reach.

Woods appeared glad to be back in his outdoor office. "He played beautifully over the first two days, and although he didn't have his best day in the third round, the course was playing very hard. Orange is very much in and red appears to be back".

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