Charley Hoffman handled the blustery conditions with a 2-under 70 for a five-shot lead in the Hero World Challenge as Tiger Woods fell 10 shots behind.
The 41-year-old, who last played at the Dubai Desert Classic in February, carded a four-under final round of 68 but was powerless to prevent fellow countryman Rickie Fowler from claiming a four-shot win after a stunning 61.
Following rounds of 69 and 68 that saw him placed tied fifth at the halfway stage, Woods found it hard to handle the blustery conditions, carding a three over ar round of 75 for a total of four-under 212 and dropping to tied 10th.
The 14-time major champion will turn 42 on December 30 and his likely schedule is yet to be confirmed, however, there were enough positives from the four rounds to suggest Woods can be a regular contender again.Читайте также: Houthi rebels killed in N.Yemen clashes: Army
Tournament host Woods made three birdies on the front nine and there were huge cheers when he holed a tricky putt for an eagle two at the 350-yard par-four seventh, set up by a mammoth tee shot which ended up beyond the pin. "I fought through it and tomorrow's another fight". He also had a double bogey. At nine-under 207, Justin Rose (71) and Jordan Spieth (72) were tied second, while Francesco Molinari (71) was fourth.
He reached the green in three but missed the putt to make bogey.
"I really didn't feel like I was that far off, that's the insane part", said Woods, who is playing for the first time in 10 months following a fourth back surgery. Whatever I did right ended up in a bad spot, and whatever I did wrong was really wrong.
"I hit the most handsome three wood that went 300 yards in the wind". "I have always said that Tiger has a great work ethic, and he has put in the time and hard work to first get healthy and then to ready himself for competitive golf".При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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