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Woods ties for ninth in Bahamas as Fowler wins with closing 61

04 December 2017

Tiger Woods was back in his traditional Sunday red, but no one could keep up with the bright orange-clad Rickie Fowler in the final round of the Hero World Challenge.

Many wondered how Woods would do in his first tournament in almost 10 months following spinal fusion surgery and the answer was a positive one, especially on the final day.

"I showed some good signs", Woods told NBC Sports after finishing the four days at eight-under 280. That's keep fighting and try and post the best number I possibly could.

"I really didn't feel like I was that far off, that's the insane part", he said. That's the insane part. I hit some really good shots out there.

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"I don't know what golf courses I will be playing, what's the best way to go about it.We'll figure it out".

Hoffman countered two bogeys and a double-bogey with six birdies in a 70 at Albany Golf Club course for a 14-under total of 202.

Hoffman finished with nine successive pars to claim second place four shots behind Fowler and two ahead of England's Tommy Fleetwood and Jordan Spieth, who shot 67 and 69 respectively.

Although the birdie run eventually came to a halt with a two-putt par at the eighth, Fowler added another at the ninth to reach the turn in 28 and pick up three more over his back nine.

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That contrasted sharply with the day before when he took nine shots fewer to finish the front nine. "Day-to-day stuff was very hard for me to do", Woods said.

"I hit the most attractive three wood that went 300 yards in the wind".

Global sporting icon Woods led for a short time during the second round and offered a demonstration of why he became a golfing great with a huge drive onto the green before holing a tricky putt for an eagle at the 350-yard par-four eighth in his final round Sunday.

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Woods ties for ninth in Bahamas as Fowler wins with closing 61