Tiger Woods finishes second round of Challenge four shots off lead

Taylor Byrd
December 3, 2017

Tiger Woods got off to a fast start and briefly held the outright lead in the second round of the Hero World Challenge on Friday before finishing with a four-under-par 68, tied for fifth, as his comeback continued in the Bahamas.

His score was 8-under-par going into the final five holes.

"I proved the surgery is successful and the rehab is fantastic", Woods told Golf Channel when asked about his play over the first two days of the elite 18-man event that features eight of the world's top 10.

The tournament scoreboard is here.

However, his clubhead speed was impressive, as was his putting stroke, as he ended the day just three shots off the lead, held by new European
No 1 Tommy Fleetwood. In previous returns, Woods could be seen holding back or showing signs of pain.

A birdie chance from similar range went begging on the par-3 second, but Woods moved into red figures in style on the par-5 third, drilling a 2-iron from 260 yards on to the green and two-putting from 45 feet.

If the 41-year-old had stirred the memory bank with his first-round 69, then with three birdies in his first four holes, he switched on the mixer and made all the high-points of his career suddenly pour over back into the consciousness.

The 14-time major champion's challenge faded on Saturday, though, as he endured an almighty struggle with the wind up on the front nine to slip back, hitting the turn in 40 to drop to three under.

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