Rickie Fowler conquers Bahamas to win Hero World Challenge

Beth Cruz
December 5, 2017

Woods shot a 5-under 31 on the front nine Sunday, but he bogeyed his last two holes to finish with a 4-under 68.

Click on the video above to see Fowler's seven straight birdies! .

No more birdies were forthcoming, however, and Fowler settled for a course-record 61 and an 18-under total of 270.

"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.

Woods, in his first tournament in almost 10 months following spinal fusion surgery, said he had some bad breaks on Saturday and that his game was better than his scorecard suggested. England's Tommy Fleetwood (276), world No. 2 Jordan Spieth (276) and world No. 5 Hideki Matsuyama of Japan (277), Patrick Reed (277) and Olympic champion and world No. 6 Justin Rose of England (277) rounded out the top five.

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

"I don't know what golf courses I'll be playing and what's the best way to go about it", he added. ". I hit just a boatload of good putts". Woods, who stated post-round that he was happiest about his driving this week, played his final 45 holes in level-par.

But his chipping was mediocre, and he did finish only mid-pack, so let's not expect miracles in 2018 from a man almost 10 years removed from his most recent major championship victory, and four-plus years from any victory.

"I'm excited", Woods said afterward.

"The issue was how my scoring was going to be, how was my feel? Nobody was sure how far he'd hit his iron shots, but I think he's done pretty well with that too". 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.

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