Tiger Woods' Masters odds just went way down

Tiger Woods' Masters odds just went way down

Playing an exhibition in The Bahamas, Tiger Woods fired a 3-under-par 35-34=69 during round one of the Hero World Challenge, living up to the pre-tournament hype as he sits just three strokes off the early pace set by Tommy Fleetwood.

Woods, making his first start since withdrawing from the Dubai Desert Classic in February, went out in 35 shots with two birdies and a bogey, before returning in 34 shots with three birdies and a bogey.

Playing competitively for the first time in 301 days, the 14-time major victor made five birdies at Albany Golf Club as he beat his effort when making a similar return in this event 12 months ago by four shots.

"It was fun to get out there and actually be part of a scorecard again".

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"I proved the surgery is successful and the rehab is fantastic", Woods told Golf Channel when asked about his play over the first two days of the elite 18-man event that features eight of the world's top 10. I had a lot of adrenaline going and I had to dial it back a bit.

That was cancelled out by a bogey on nine, but further birdies on 10, 13 and 14 thrust him into contention before a wild tee shot on 15 led to a second bogey of the day.

The performance impressed leading coach Denis Pugh. World
No 1 Dustin Johnson and Open champion Jordan Spieth are two behind along with Justin Rose and Kevin Chappell.

Woods, who had a 69 at the Albany course on Thursday, made an impressive start to the second round with birdies on three of his first four holes.

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