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Published: Sat, December 02, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Tiger Woods briefly takes lead, in contention at Hero World Challenge

Tiger Woods briefly takes lead, in contention at Hero World Challenge

Following a stretch of four pars, he reached the par-5 ninth hole in two, then drained a 20-foot eagle putt to grab sole possession of the lead. "They seemed to be a foot faster", Woods told The Golf Channel, adding that he was satisfied with his fitness following back surgery in April.

The tournament scoreboard is here.

"I hadn't played in a while but it was fun to play with a scorecard in hand again".

A birdie at the first following a ideal drive and a clipped wedge to five feet got the show on the road before further birdies at the par five third and par four fourth moved him into a tie for the lead at six under.

On the par-five third his eagle putt from just off the green went just wide but left him with an easy birdie. Woods dropped a few shots with poor chips around the green, but most of the field also struggled with the tough bermuda lies here at Albany.

"I think it is successful because I went out there and shot 31 on the front nine and built upon what I did yesterday", responded Woods when asked how he rated the round.

The back nine, as he admitted himself, was a little disappointing, with just one birdie coming his way at the par five 11th.

Five more pars followed but on the 18th Woods' tee-shot found the sand bordering the fairway, forcing him to hack out and leaving him with a hard up and down to save par, which he duly failed. He outdrove his playing partner, this year's PGA Championship victor Justin Thomas, more often than not, capped an 18-yard putt to save par on No. 9 with a fist pump and finished just three shots out of the lead.

But, overall, the signs are good. And who would bet against him?

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