Tiger Woods made his latest return to golf Thursday, shooting a solid 3-under 69 in the first round of the Hero World Challenge. It was his first competitive round in 301 days — and by most accounts, it was a successful first step in his comeback.
“For me, I thought I did great,” Woods said after his round that included five birdies and left him tied for eighth, three shots off the lead held by Tommy Fleetwood. “To come out here and score like I did, it was nice.”
— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) November 30, 2017
Tiger Woods hole by hole
1 (par 4): Drive to fairway. Chip to 14 feet. Misses birdie putt on left side. Result: par.
2 (par 3): Hits green with tee shot. Birdie putt from 20 feet misses to the left. Result: par.
3 (par 5): Drive to fairway. 2-iron from 260 yards finds the green. Eagle putt from 50 feet comes up short. Tap-in for first birdie of the round. Result: birdie; moves to 1 under.
4 (par 4): Drive finds light rough near fairway bunker on right side. Pitching wedge from 157 yards misses green to the right. Chip short, finishes in fringe. Saves par with a putt from off the green, followed by a vintage fist pump. Result: par.
5 (par 3): Tee shot on 169-yard hole flares to the right but stays on green near fringe far from pin. Aggressive putt rolls 4 feet past, but he makes comebacker. Result: par.
6 (par 5): Driver into the wind misses the fairway right and finds the native area. Second shot lands in fairway, 93 yards short of pin. Wedge shot lands past pin, spins back near left fringe. Birdie putt clips right edge of cup. Result: par.
7 (par-4): Driver to 340-yard hole finds bottom of bunker near green. Poor bunker shot from a good lie finishes well past pin near fringe. Birdie putt misses right. Result: par.
8 (par 3): Tee shot with 4 iron finds green near fringe. Makes first long birdie putt (approx. 23 feet). Result: birdie, moves to 2 under.
9 (par 5): Tee shot splits fairway. 3-wood from 282 yards hits green but feeds off into the rough. Chunked chip comes up short of green. Opts for putter on birdie putt and rolls it 12 feet past. Par-saver misses to left. Result: bogey, falls to 1 under.
10 (par 4): 3-wood off tee finds fairway. Knockdown 7-iron to green. Makes 15-footer for bounce-back birdie. Result: birdie, moves to 2 under.
11 (par 5): Splits fairway with drive. Second shot misses green to right; one of his few misses with a full swing. Chip finishes near far side of green. Not happy with long par putt, but makes 7-foot comebacker to save par. Result: par.
12 (par 3): Not happy with tee shot that sails wide right into rough. Pounds club into ground. Solid chip leads to 5-foot par putt. Result: par.
13 (par 4): Tee shot finds rough down left side. Approach from 113 yards lands near middle of green. Rolls in birdie putt from 22 feet. Result: birdie, moves to 3 under.
14 (par 4): Opted for safe play to fairway on short par-4. Good decision, as he sticks approach from 88 yards to tap-in range. Result: birdie, moves to 4 under.
15 (par 5): First poor swing with driver all day, as tee shot sails right into the native bushes. Hits provisional that finishes in fairway but manages to find his initial shot. Takes a penalty and hits third shot that finishes behind dune near green. Approach lands near edge of green. Two putts for bogey. Result: bogey, falls to 3 under.
16 (par 4): Drive to native area down right side. Terrific approach that finds back of green and spins back to 15 feet. Birdie putt misses right. Result: par.
17 (par 3): Tee shot comes up just short of green. Delicate chip leaves tap-in par. Result: par.
18 (par 4): Finds fairway. Approach hits greens but bounces off to left. Made 8-footer to save par. Result: par and a score of 3-under 69.