Tiger Woods ties for the lead

Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods continues to confound the golfing world with yet another impressive round at the Hero World Challenge in New Providence in the Bahamas.

There were signs of vintage Tiger during his first round of competitive golf in 301 days after recovering from a fourth back surgery.

It took one round of three-under par for Vegas to start drinking the Tiger Woods Kool-Aid.

Woods scored a birdie on the third hole to move to five-under and a tie for second. Especially with his speed and power back, his putter working well, his body feeling fine, and his confidence on the rise.

"I thought I did great", he told broadcaster Sky Sports.

Before Thursday's round he had the likes of basketball legend Steph Curry and Olympic record-breaker Michael Phelps taking to social media to try to describe their excitement.

Woods is thinking the same way.

Yet even Hoffman's blistering round was overshadowed by Woods, who is returning after his fourth back surgery. And that's what you really want to see. This is not something that just happens overnight. To come out here and score like I did, that was nice. "A lot more practice, a lot more training and more tournaments".

" ... But I think I'm still in it".

"I hadn't played in a while but it was fun to play with a scorecard in hand again". The front nine, 4 under on the front nine is a good start to the day.

A special round was in the making on Friday.

Meanwhile, Hoffman birdied each of the final five holes to finish off his stellar round.

Putting was a problem for Woods as he was surprised by the quickness of the surface. It was his first eagle in competition since Round 2 of the 2015 Wyndham Championship.

As he made the turn, his name hit the top of the leaderboard.

Spieth had seven birdies and two bogeys during Friday's round. Rose had five birdies against one bogey. I built upon what I did yesterday, I cleaned it up, ' Woods said.

"The only thing I struggled with was the speed of the greens". A few more pars followed as Woods was all business - nearly expressionless and clearly enjoying his return after 10 months - before providing a peek into his famous fist-pump on the par-3 eighth. "I also missed my share, too".

Woods had not played competitively since withdrawing from February's Dubai Desert Classic. Sounds different. Feels different. Patrick Reed and Kevin Chappell are T-10 at 6 under. "The difference between last year and this year is he just looks so much better, so much healthier and freer in the golf swing".

"I didn't know what to expect, because I hadn't played".

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