Tiger Woods finishes 9th on comeback

Tiger Woods finishes 9th on comeback

Tiger Woods finishes 9th on comeback

Global sporting icon Woods led for a short time during the second round and offered a demonstration of why he became a golfing great with a huge drive onto the green before holing a tricky putt for an eagle at the 350-yard par-four eighth in his final round Sunday.

That never put him within striking distance of Fowler, who produced a remarkable course-record 61 on the par-72 Albany Golf Club layout.

Click on the video above to see Fowler's seven straight birdies! . After birdies at 11, 13 and 15, he was eyeing golf's magic number of 59.

Third-round leader Hoffman (72) once again failed to convert his 54-hole lead into a win and finished four behind Fowler.

Fowler finished at 18-under, while Hoffman was 14-under with Tommy Fleetwood (67) and Jordan Spieth (69) Tied-3td at 12-under and defending champion Hideki Matsuyama (68) was Tied-5th with Patrick Reed (68) and Justin Rose (70).

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.

Most importantly, he said, he played all week without pain.

"Time waits for no man" said former PGA Tour player Frank Nobilo, who along with most everyone else was impressed with Woods' performance in the Bahamas, without losing sight of the big picture.

"When I was struggling with my back, the world seemed very small", he said. "I just ended up in bad spots after good shots".

"The issue was how my scoring was going to be, how was my feel?" Woods was able to post scores of 69-68-75-68, and while the course wasn't as hard as typical championship venues on the PGA Tour, three under par rounds is certainly a positive step for Woods. How am I going to get used to the adrenaline in my system, because it's the first time in a while.

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