Tiger Woods seemingly healthy again, but too early to predict future glory

Tiger Woods seemingly healthy again, but too early to predict future glory

Former world number one Woods, who once wondered if nagging back trouble would spell the end of his career, had an eagle and six birdies to finish 72 holes on eight-under par 280.

No more birdies were forthcoming, however, and Fowler settled for a course-record 61 and an 18-under total of 270.

Fowler was in a class of his own in a scintillating exhibition, birdying the first seven holes and surging into a two-shot lead by going out in 28.

Fowler finished four shots in front of fellow American Charley Hoffman, the overnight leader by five strokes who carded a final-round 72.

Woods, in his first tournament in almost 10 months following spinal fusion surgery, said he had some bad breaks on Saturday and that his game was better than his scorecard suggested.

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Fowler finished at 18-under, while Hoffman was 14-under with Tommy Fleetwood (67) and Jordan Spieth (69) Tied-3td at 12-under and defending champion Hideki Matsuyama (68) was Tied-5th with Patrick Reed (68) and Justin Rose (70).

Even more positively, his swing seemed more powerful and reminiscent of the old Tiger on Sunday than it did on Thursday, suggesting he was not disguising any pain or function issues. Perhaps most importantly, Woods didn't experience any back pain throughout the four rounds, and since there isn't a Tour event until January 4, Woods will have plenty of time to gear back up for his second tournament of 2017-18. "He played beautifully over the first two days, and although he didn't have his best day in the third round, the course was playing very hard". ". I hit just a boatload of good putts".

"I'm excited", Woods said on Sunday.

"The issue was how my scoring was going to be, how was my feel? Not quite hitting it as far, but I had the adrenaline going and overall, I'm very pleased".

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