Tiger Woods completed his first golf tournament in 15 months on Sunday, finishing 15th at the Hero World Challenge with a 4-under.
Granted only 17 men competed in the four full rounds (Justin Rose withdrew with back problems), but Woods showed flashes of his old game that made him one of the two best golfers of all-time.
Woods’ 76 on Sunday indicated signs of fatigue, but his Friday 65 more than spoke to the fact that he is still a potent force on the course.
“Getting back to this point is beyond anything that I’ve ever experienced in my lifetime,” Woods said. “The pain issues that I had, it was rough. To battle back, to battle through it. Frankly there were some pretty dire times where I just couldn’t move.”
Impressively, Woods had the most birdies on the tournament among the 17 players. And he had plenty of praise from the men who competed against him.
“His swing looks great,” said Brandt Snedeker. “It looks like he slowed the rhythm down a little bit. I’ve been real impressed. He has an innate ability to do things that only a couple of guys in the world can do. I thought the hardest thing to do coming off a long layoff is to come back and shoot a low number. You can shoot 70 or 69, but to shoot 7 under par with no bogeys … that doesn’t happen very often coming off a layoff.”
Woods has not revealed where his first start of 2017 will be, but agent Leigh Steinberg intimated it would be overseas.