Tiger Woods made his latest return to competitive golf with a round of 3-under 69 Thursday at the Hero World Challenge.
In his first start after anterior lumbar fusion surgery, Woods started his round by ripping this drive approximately 30 yards past his playing partner, Justin Thomas.
301 days later. We are off! pic.twitter.com/YEYmlwE3zW— Golf Channel (@GolfChannel) November 30, 2017
After two-putt pars at both Nos. 1 and 2, Woods found the fairway at the par-5 third and then got home in two via this 2-iron into the wind.
'OH BE GOOD!' pic.twitter.com/3Pp4MSUuYh— Golf Channel (@GolfChannel) November 30, 2017
That shot set up another two-putt, but this one resulted in his first birdie of the day.
The short-game yips that have haunted Woods in recent years reared their head when Tiger missed the green at the par-4 fourth and then fatted the first chip of his round. But Woods recovered with this lengthy par save and trademark fist pump.
TIGER FIST PUMP ALERT pic.twitter.com/szKw7IBBFZ— Golf Channel (@GolfChannel) November 30, 2017
Following four straight pars, Tiger moved himself to 2 under par when he poured in this birdie putt at eight.
Unfortunately, Woods would give back a shot when he chunked another chip at the par-5 ninth, making the turn in 1-under 35. But he bounced right back with this birdie at the 10th.
After scrambling pars at 11 and 12, Woods moved to 4 under thanks to back-to-back birdies via this putt at 13 ...
...and this dialed-in wedge at 14.
Woods would give one of those two shots back at 15 before closing with three straight pars at 16, 17 and 18 to play the back nine in 2-under 34.