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Tiger Woods briefly takes lead, in contention at Hero World Challenge

02 December, 2017, 01:04 | Author: Lamar Ellis
  • New Providence The Bahamas Tiger Woods reacts after his shot from the rough on the seventh hole during the third round

Woods captivated the golf world by tallying birdies on three of his first four holes and making eagle at the par-5 9th to shoot 5-under 31 on the front nine.

"I proved that the surgery was successful", Woods told the Golf Channel in a post-round interview.

After a solid first round 69 on Thursday, Woods got off to a flying start on Friday, reeling off three birdies in the opening four holes.

The solid second-round effort, which included an eagle and four birdies, left the former world number one tied for fifth place at seven-under 137 in his first tournament in almost 10 months following spinal fusion surgery.

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The 14-time major victor subsequently underwent spinal fusion surgery in April, his fourth back operation in the space of three years, and began the week a 40/1 outsider in the 18-man field.

"I had a hard time all day with my speed on these greens", Woods said.

Putting was a problem for Woods as he was surprised by the quickness of the surface. Woods dropped a few shots with poor chips around the green, but most of the field also struggled with the tough bermuda lies here at Albany. After two more birdies at the 3rd and 4th, he had a share of the lead for the first time in a professional tournament since the 2015 Wyndham Championship. "That's going to take time, a lot more practice, a lot more training and more tournaments". He stayed there after a birdie on the 11th but a 3-putt bogey on the 12th knocked him off that perch.

"I had a hard time all day with my speed on the greens - they seemed to be about a foot faster". A few more pars followed as Woods was all business - nearly expressionless and clearly enjoying his return after 10 months - before providing a peek into his famous fist-pump on the par-3 eighth. Patrick Reed and Kevin Chappell are T-10 at 6 under.

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