Woods ends strong at Hero tournament


"The one thing I learned from my 10 years as Tiger's coach, and since then, is never say never when it comes to Tiger Woods", Harmon wrote.

Woods, the former longtime world No. 1 and 14-time major champion, had not officially logged four competitive rounds since the Wyndham Championship on August 20-23, 2015. On Monday, he made an even bigger jump in the Official World Golf Ranking.

Third-round leader Hoffman (72) once again failed to convert his 54-hole lead into a win and finished four behind Fowler. "I really drove the ball a lot better than I was thinking, especially distance-wise".

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. "He may now have chances to win on the PGA Tour again, but winning a major is a different animal".

"I'm excited", said Woods, who was playing his first tournament for 301 days since pulling out the Dubai Desert Classic in February.

Click on the video above to see Fowler's seven straight birdies! .

The 41-year-old did not hold back as he completed an encouraging comeback without showing any signs of being in pain after undergoing a fourth back operation in April.

"I don't know what golf courses I'll be playing and what's the best way to go about it", he added. ". I hit just a boatload of good putts". "Nobody was sure how far he'd hit his iron shots, but I think he's done pretty well with that too". The Stanford product posted rounds of 69-68-75-68 with two eagles, 17 birdies, 11 bogeys and one double bogey-6.

World No. 1 Dustin Johnson finished in a tie for 14th at 288 after a final-round 72.