Nassau (Bahamas), Dec 1 (IANS) Fourteen-time major victor Tiger Woods shot a three-under-par 69 as he returned at the Hero World Challenge following nine months out injured.
Woods overcooked his approach at the third and failed to hole a par putt following a poor chip, going on to drop further shots at six and seven as he failed to find his rhythm.
The solid effort, which included an eagle, four birdies and two bogeys, left the former world number one at seven-under 137 in his first tournament in almost 10 months following spinal fusion surgery.
"Tiger is back", Carter said of Woods' Thursday performance. "To go out and score like I did was nice". "I've been playing a lot of holes at home but it's different when you are in a tournament".More news: Ridiculously cheap Samsung Galaxy S8 price for White Friday
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"It was fun to get out there and actually be part of a scorecard again".
Mainly the result of him having just started three events since August 2015, Woods is now ranked 1,199th and began the week a 40-1 outsider in the 18-man field.
"Those are the internal struggles I haven't been through in a while". Woods was 1 over on the back nine with one birdie and two bogeys and now sits five shots off the lead at 7 under. "The greatest player of his generation has come back at an age when comebacks aren't normal".
Fleetwood's countryman Justin Rose (68) was alone in fourth on eight-under, with Woods a stroke back alongside Matt Kuchar and Rickie Fowler, who both shot 70s, Japan's Hideki Matsuyama (66) and Italy's Francesco Molinari (68).