Published: Mon, December 04, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Rickie Fowler shoots final-round 61 to win 2017 Hero World Challenge

Rickie Fowler shoots final-round 61 to win 2017 Hero World Challenge

Tiger Woods during the final round of the Hero World Challenge.

Fowler began the day with seven consecutive birdies and shot 11-under 61 to win by four strokes.

Woods, in his first tournament in almost 10 months following spinal fusion surgery, said that he had some bad breaks and that his game was better than his scorecard suggested.

"You've got to keep fighting, and that's one of things I've always done in my entire career is just keep fighting and try to post the best number I possibly could", Woods added.

"I really didn't feel like I was that far off, that's the insane part", he said. That's the insane part. "Overall I'm very pleased, hit some good shots and (there is ) a bright future and no pain".

"It feels good", Woods said. I've missed the fight.

Breezy conditions made sub-par rounds hard at the Albany course with overnight leader Hoffman one of the few to deliver, surging to a five-stroke lead after a birdie at 18 for a two-under 70 and a 202 total.

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.

The wind was the strongest it has been all week at Albany Golf Club, and it took the air out of hopes that Woods' return to competition would find him in the mix at his holiday tournament.

"Anything that I did right ended up in a bad spot, and then anything I did wrong it was really bad", Woods said.

But he wound up with a bogey.

No one shot lower than 70, with world No. 1 Dustin Johnson carding a 76 and last year's British Open champion Henrik Stenson signing for a 77.

Woods had earlier reached the turn in 31, including an eagle two at the seventh, as he shot a final round 68 to bounce back from Saturday's three-over-par 75.

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