Rickie Fowler finishes in style but Tiger Woods' challenge fades

Rickie Fowler finishes in style but Tiger Woods' challenge fades

Rickie Fowler finishes in style but Tiger Woods' challenge fades

Former world No1 Tiger Woods believes a bright future lies in wait after finishing in a tie for ninth place at the Hero World Challenge - his first tournament in 10 months.

"The shot that really threw me for a loop was the shot at three", Woods said. "It was just one of those days".

Woods finally picked up a shot at the 14th, doffing his hat to the crowd in relief, before carding another birdie at the par-three 17th.

American Jordan Spieth and England's Justin Rose were tied for second five shots back, Rose after a one-under 71 and Spieth with an even par 72.

"Tiger is wonderful for the game, and I am like many fans who are delighted to see him playing again", Nicklaus said.

His second shot hit a rock hidden in the sand, leaving him with a hard up and down to save par. He opened with a bogey and had three more in the first seven holes.

Reality returned at 10 where he had a double-bogey at the par-four hole.

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The 41-year-old, who last played at the Dubai Desert Classic in February, carded a four-under final round of 68 but was powerless to prevent fellow countryman Rickie Fowler from claiming a four-shot win after a stunning 61.

After rolling in his putt at 14, Woods doffed his cap and gave fans a little bow. "We took care of that and kept it rolling". "Today it was a lot, unfortunately". For whatever reason, I find myself really enjoying this comeback.

Woods' return this week in the 18-man tournament which benefits his charity is his first event since back surgery in April.

For the final round, Woods missed two of 13 fairways off the tee and hit 13 of 18 greens in regulation.

"It feels good", Woods said.

Woods is at four under, his back has held up well and he feels he can "fight his way back" from here.

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