AFP MIAMI (AFP-Jiji) — Tiger Woods capped his return to competition with a fine 4-under par 68 on Sunday as red-hot Rickie Fowler won the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas.
Former world No. 1 Woods, who once wondered if nagging back trouble would spell the end of his career, had an eagle and six birdies to finish 72 holes at 8-under 280.
That never put him within striking distance of Fowler, who produced a remarkable course-record 61 on the par-72 Albany Golf Club layout in Nassau. He finished at 18-under 270.
Fowler finished four shots in front of fellow American Charley Hoffman, the overnight leader by five strokes who carded a final-round 72.
Jordan Spieth, tied for second to start the round, fired a final-round 69 to share third with England’s Tommy Fleetwood, who signed for a 67.
Woods finished tied for ninth with Matt Kuchar in the unofficial 18-man event that benefits his charitable foundation.
Most importantly, he said, he played all week without pain.
“Overall, I’m very pleased. I showed some good signs,” he said, adding that they pointed toward “a bright future.”