TIGER WOODS says he’s REDDY to be a contender once more after finishing his first event in a yr.
Two late missed putts spoiled Woods’ in any other case spectacular efficiency again sporting his ‘final day’ crimson shirt within the ultimate spherical on the Hero World Problem.
The American, who has not performed 4 aggressive rounds in every week since final December, carded six birdies and an eagle in a four-under-par 68 to complete tied ninth.
He ended up ten pictures behind winner Rickie Fowler. However Woods was nonetheless beaming after a vibrant finish to his horror yr, which noticed him have a fourth operation on his again.
The 41-year-old mentioned: “I really feel good and I need to give it the entire 9 yards subsequent yr.
“I’m excited. I performed in addition to I’ve been at dwelling, I had the adrenaline going and I’m more than happy.
“We’ll have to determine the place I’ll begin and the way a lot as a result of I need to construct my schedule for the Main championships.
“The plan is to not play an excessive amount of however get me ready for them.”
Woods had the crowds on the Albany Resort whooping when he drove the par-four seventh and sank a curling 25-footer. He confirmed his again was in good working order as he crunched a two iron 277 yards to arrange one other birdie.
He additionally forged apart his third-round driving demons by matching taking part in associate Justin Thomas for size and accuracy.
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The 14-time Major winner added: “A year ago I was struggling to get off a chair. The world seemed a very small place.
“Trying to do the day-to-day stuff was very difficult. But since the back fusion surgery I can do so much more and it’s really nice.”
Although Woods has been the centre of attention this week, he was upstaged by Fowler.
His fellow American birdied eight of the first nine holes to obliterate overnight leader Charley Hoffman’s seven-stroke advantage.
Fowler’s hot streak cooled off but he still added three more birdies to record a blemish-free round of 61 and 18-under total to win by four shots.
England’s Tommy Fleetwood, who will marry fiancee Clare on a Bahamian beach tomorrow, won the battle of the Brits as he took a share of third on 12 under, a shot clear of Justin Rose.
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