RECAP: Tiger Woods closes in 68 despite sloppy finish

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RECAP: Tiger Woods closes in 68 despite sloppy finish

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RECAP: Tiger Woods closes in 68 despite sloppy finish

Tiger Woods will not love how he finished his round Sunday, but he will appreciate the strong round he closed with.

The 41-year-old bogeyed his final two holes but had an eagle and six birdies in a 4-under 68 that pushed him to an 8-under 280 for the week. He’s in the clubhouse in solo 10th against an 18-man field in his return.

This was his first event back in 10 months, and there were A LOT of positives.

Our Tiger Tracker followed the final round of his return event shot-by-shot. Catch up with what you may’ve missed below…

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TIGER TRACKER

Hole No. 18: Par 4, 470 Yards

OFF THE TEE (2:24 p.m. ET): TA great drive from Tiger right down the middle.

APPROACH SHOT (2:29 p.m. ET): This is a nice one some 20 feet beyond the hole. He can make that for a 6-under 66.

ON THE GREEN (2:33 p.m. ET): Wow that was sloppy. Tiger gets greedy trying to make it and it goes by on left and races 3 feet by. The next one hits the right lip and stays out. A sloppy three-putt bogey to close, but this will not mar a strong week.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 4-under 68 (10th at time of posting, eventually T-9)

Hole No. 17: Par 3, 184 Yards

OFF THE TEE (2:14 p.m. ET): That one is pulled and finishes in the back part of the left greenside bunker. This could be a tricky up and down.

AROUND THE GREEN (2:17 p.m. ET): That was so well done. Tiger was almost against the back of the bunker and had to adjust his backswing. But he gets it out 7 feet short of the cup. That’s a great shot and he can absolutely save par.

ON THE GREEN (2:20 p.m. ET): No dice. That one came off right and misses right. Not a fun bogey but this is still a great round.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 5 under thru 17 (9th)

Hole No. 16: Par 4, 485 Yards

OFF THE TEE (2:01 p.m. ET): Tiger finally misses a fairway, but by like two yards. He’s in the right rough, but he’s fine.

APPROACH SHOT (2:05 p.m. ET): He had a good lie, but Tiger misjudged that one. It flies the green. But he’ll have plenty of green to work with for an up and down.

AROUND THE GREEN (2:11 p.m. ET): Tiger takes out putter and measures the speed perfectly. He cozies that a foot left of the hole. That will be a simple par.

ON THE GREEN (2:11 p.m. ET): Yes, he cleaned up. No problem.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 6 under thru 16 (T-7)

Hole No. 15: Par 5, 548 Yards

OFF THE TEE (1:49 p.m. ET): Tiger … fairway again. It’s almost robotic at this point, and that is such a beautiful sight to see.

APPROACH SHOT (1:51 p.m. ET): He flails that one. Iron in hand and Tiger hated it. That one ends up in front right greenside bunker. Not an easy up and down but not extremely difficult. Don’t give up on the birdie.

AROUND THE GREEN (1:54 p.m. ET): That’s pure stuff. Tiger lands his bunker shot on a downslope and lets it run out about 6 feet by. That’s well done. Great opportunity for birdie.

ON THE GREEN (1:56 p.m. ET): He slides that left-to-righter in the heart! That’s another birdie. Back-to-back and three in five holes since double. YOU CAN’T KEEP TIGER DOWN!

TIGER ON THE DAY: 6 under thru 15 (T-6)

Hole No. 14: Par 4, 298 Yards

OFF THE TEE (1:39 p.m. ET): Tiger tries to drive the green here and the ball comes up just short and right. He made the smart miss, though, as he’ll have an easy pitch with plenty of green to work with.

AROUND THE GREEN (1:42 p.m. ET): Simple. Perfect course management, as Tiger has easy pitch that he cozies to 2 feet. That’s a kick-in birdie.

ON THE GREEN (1:44 p.m. ET): Tiger finishes out and he’s now gained back both strokes he lost at No. 10.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 5 under thru 14 (9th)

Hole No. 13: Par 4, 483 Yards

OFF THE TEE (1:30 p.m. ET): Another. Freaking. Beauty. Tiger smokes one down the right side of the fairway. It should give him another good look at birdie.

APPROACH SHOT (1:34 p.m. ET): From 134 yards downwind, Tiger lands this one 10 feet past the flag and left but spins it back hole high. He has about 8 feet for birdie.

ON THE GREEN (1:38 p.m. ET): Think that was a misread. He hit it where he wanted, but the ball didn’t turn right enough and went over the left edge. It was probably more like 10-11 feet that he missed from there. Simple par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 4 under thru 13 (9th)

Hole No. 12: Par 3, 202 Yards

OFF THE TEE (1:18 p.m. ET): Tiger seemed to like this one, but it comes up well short and left in the rough. It actually carried the fronting water by only a couple of yards. That could’ve been a disaster, instead he can make par.

AROUND THE GREEN (1:21 p.m. ET): A good recovery. Tiger knocks this one within 10 feet for par.

ON THE GREEN (1:23 p.m. ET): A great save. Tiger drains it! A key momentum-saver.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 4 under thru 12 (9th)

Hole No. 11: Par 5, 589 Yards

OFF THE TEE (1:06 p.m. ET): Tiger finds the fairway again.

APPROACH SHOT (1:10 p.m. ET): This is why Tiger can be so good. He roasts a long iron that lands short and rolls some 25 feet past the flag. He has that for eagle. He could get both shots he lost at No. 10 right back!

ON THE GREEN (1:13 p.m. ET): Tiger had that on a pretty good line curling left-to-right, but it was fast and he had to be careful. He doesn’t quite hit it hard enough as the ball comes up a foot short. But that’s an easy birdie. Nice bounce back for him.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 4 under thru 11 (T-9)

Hole No. 10: Par 4, 435 Yards

OFF THE TEE (12:57 p.m. ET): Tiger hits another nice one in the fairway.

APPROACH SHOT (1 p.m. ET): Not his best. Tiger’s approach shot finishes short left, but he got unlucky as his tee shot finished in a divot. He’ll have to make a nifty up and down to save par.

AROUND THE GREEN (1:03 p.m. ET): Tiger hit 8/9 GIR on the front nine and the other was 3 feet off the green. So this is his first real short-game shot of the day, and it works out poorly. We’ll hopefully get specifics soon, but he ends up with 12 feet for BOGEY.

ON THE GREEN (1:05 p.m. ET): Tiger’s putt hits the hole but stays out. That’s an awful double bogey. Kills all momentum.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 under thru 10 (T-9)

Hole No. 9: Par 5, 603 Yards

OFF THE TEE (12:39 p.m. ET): Another perfect drive down the fairway. Ho-hum.

APPROACH SHOT (12:44 p.m. ET): Oh man, Tiger loved that one and thought he had gotten that one on the green from 298 yards. But the ball hits a couple yards short of the green and kicks back into greenside bunker. Tiger is disappointed but that’s a good miss. He should still have a good chance at birdie with that being a pretty simple up and down with a good lie.

AROUND THE GREEN (12:48 p.m. ET): That’s a beauty. Tiger let’s that one run out to inside 3 feet. He should clean that up for birdie and a 5-under 31.

ON THE GREEN (12:50 p.m. ET): Yep! Tiger is out in 31 for the second time in three days. He is now just five back! Stats for front 9: 5/6 fairways, 8/9 GIR, 13 putts.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 5 under thru 9 (T-4)

Hole No. 8: Par 3, 216 Yards

OFF THE TEE (12:31 p.m. ET): A good solid one here again. Tiger knocks this one about 30 feet left of the hole, and that will be a nice uphill look.

ON THE GREEN (12:35 p.m. ET): Tiger could take a run at that one and he did. It just slips off right at the end, but he did give himself a chance by leaving his tee shot in that spot. Easy par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 4 under thru 8 (T-7)

Hole No. 7: Par 4, 336 Yards

OFF THE TEE (12:20 p.m. ET): Holy Tiger. Woods takes out driver and launches one. It lands just short of the green and runs out perfectly, as the ball rolls pin high some 25 feet from the cup. Tiger drove the green, and he’ll have that left for EAGLE!

ON THE GREEN (12:28 p.m. ET): We had to wait a bit, but it was worth it. That putt looked like it might be finish left, but Tiger played it with die speed, and the ball hit the left side of the cup and curled in. That’s an EAGLE. TW is officially on fire!

TIGER ON THE DAY: 4 under thru 7 (T-6)

Hole No. 6: Par 5, 595 Yards

OFF THE TEE (12:06 p.m. ET): Tiger roasts one down the fairway here. Man has his driving been impressive this week.

SECOND SHOT (12:09 p.m. ET): He actually had to lay up because this hole is playing so long. But he does so beautifully into the fairway.

THIRD SHOT (12:12 p.m. ET): From 86 yards, Tiger tugs it but has great distance control. He finishes 10 feet left of the pin. Good birdie look.

ON THE GREEN (12:17 p.m. ET): That one was always just a bit left. Tiger can’t get that to drop as it misses on the left side. It’s an easy two-putt par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under thru 6 (T-9)

Hole No. 5: Par 3, 159 Yards

OFF THE TEE (11:56 a.m. ET): Another nice one from Tiger. This one comes up a bit short, but just barely. He’ll have 15 feet under the hole for birdie.

ON THE GREEN (12:01 p.m. ET): BURIED IT. Tiger has another birdie. We might be in for a strong round.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under thru 5 (T-9)

Hole No. 4: Par 4, 489 Yards

OFF THE TEE (11:45 a.m. ET): This one is a beauty down the right side. Another fairway for Tiger. He’s seriously driven it so well this week.

APPROACH SHOT (11:50 a.m. ET): That one ends up OK. Front right pin and Tiger was begging for it to hold on. Ball lands probably about 5 feet or so right of the pin and then funnels off green but it hangs up on fairway about a yard off green. That could’ve funneled 5-10 yards down slope. As it stands, Tiger has about 15 feet for birdie, but has to putt through about 3 feet of fairway.

AROUND THE GREEN (11:53 a.m. ET): It’s too bad that ball didn’t stay on the green because Tiger’s ball jumped up immediately on putt because he was putting from fairway. It still ends up OK, as Tiger cozies that to within a foot. But if it had stayed on, he would’ve had a really makable putt inside 15 feet with no jumps to deal with.

ON THE GREEN (11:54 a.m. ET): Tiger indeed taps in for par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under thru 4 (T-9)

Hole No. 3: Par 5, 572 Yards

OFF THE TEE (11:31 a.m. ET): Right down the fairway. He can go for this in two.

APPROACH SHOT (11:35 a.m. ET): That was so close to being so good. But oh wow, that swing!! Tiger goes serious recoil there as he lands ball about 15 feet short of pin from 277 yards, but it just rolls off the back into collection area. He was a couple of yards from having 10 feet for eagle. Regardless, that was cool.

AROUND THE GREEN (11:39 a.m. ET): Tiger hits a solid chip. He was short-sided, so 8 feet past the cup is not bad at all.

ON THE GREEN (11:42 a.m. ET): HE WALKS IT IN! We’ve got a birdie on the board 11 holes earlier than Saturday. Tiger looks way more comfortable Sunday than during his third-round 75.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under thru 3 (T-10)

Hole No. 2: Par 3, 198 Yards

OFF THE TEE (11:22 a.m. ET): This one was OK. Pin is back right, Tiger goes left and short of pin. He’s in the middle of the green and will have about 50 feet for birdie.

ON THE GREEN (11:25 a.m. ET): That was a realllllllly fast first putt. Tiger knocks that one 7 feet by even though the ball just trickled the last 20 feet. No bother, though, he rolls in the comebacker for a par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 2 (T-10)

Hole No. 1: Par 4, 423 Yards

OFF THE TEE (11:11 a.m. ET): And Tiger starts off much better today. This one goes down the right-center and is perfect. Fairway.

APPROACH SHOT (11:15 a.m. ET): From just under 100 yards, Tiger knocks this one 10 feet beyond the flag. That’ll be a good birdie look to start.

ON THE GREEN (11:17 a.m. ET): Tiger thought that one was in, but the ball dove left at the end and lipped out. Opening par, but Tiger was walking after that, he thought he had birdie.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 1 (T-10)

Pre-Round

Tiger … in Sunday Red. Let’s. Go.

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HERO WORLD CHALLENGE TRACKER

UPDATE No. 4 (3:30 p.m. ET): Fowler finishes par-par-par for an 11-under 61 and an 18-under 270 total. That 61 is a course record and earns him the victory at the Hero World Challenge, as Charley Hoffman is 14 under playing the 17th.

UPDATE No. 3 (3:03 p.m. ET): Fowler is just grabbing this tournament by the throat. He’s birdied 11, 13 and 15 and is 11 under for the day. He’s 18 under overall and has a four-shot lead with three to play. Wow.

UPDATE No. 2 (1:35 p.m. ET): Fowler birdies No. 7 to make it seven straight and then birdies No. 9 to go out in 8-under 28 and take a two-shot lead at 15 under. Unreal.

UPDATE No. 1 (12:58 p.m. ET): Rickie Fowler is so hot that his fire is on fire. He’s birdied his first six holes and now he’s one back of Charley Hoffman. Tiger is five off the -14 lead.

Here’s the full top 5 leaderboard.

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