Tiger Woods ends over par on golf return

Tiger Woods wipes his face as he prepares to putt on the 10th hole during the first round at the Hero World Challenge golf tournament, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016, in Nassau, Bahamas. Woods is one-over-par for the round. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)


NASSAU, Bahamas — Even with the wind at his back, Tiger Woods figured only a perfect 5-iron from 231 yards would reach the green. Adding to this challenge was he had taken only four full swings in competition over the past 466 days.

He posed over the swing until he saw it land 233 yards away, bouncing over the third green at Albany Golf Club. A pitch-and-run and a tap-in later, he had his birdie and was on his way Thursday in his return to golf at the Hero World Challenge.

“To hit it that flush that early in the round, that felt good, gave me a little confidence,” Woods said. “I had to step on it to get it there, and I did. To find the feel of the round that quick, that felt good.”

Just like that, he felt as if he hadn’t been away for the last 15 months. He just couldn’t get off the course without a few mistakes costing him a lot of strokes.

Woods made two double bogeys over his last three holes for a 1-over 73, leaving him nine shots behind J.B. Holmes and one shot better than Justin Rose.