Tiger Woods: Woods Looks Great at Abu Dhabi Despite Being Outshone by McIlroy

James EvensCorrespondent IJanuary 26, 2012

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - JANUARY 26:  Tiger Woods of the USA during the first round of Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship on January 26, 2012 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.  (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
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Tiger Woods might just be back after all. 

After many thought his prime days were over and the days of him dominating were done, the "Old Tiger" took the course in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

Tiger's ball-striking was something special and had not been seen from him in such a long time. 

After starting off the day by missing a green, Tiger proceeded to hit the next 17 greens, showing that his ball-striking has improved and that he might just be ready to win again.

Despite the great approaches and drives, Tiger still struggled on the green, only sinking two birdies, fairly disappointing for a round of 17 GIR.

After the round, Tiger had this to say about his round and 34 putts:

I controlled my ball all day and just had a hard time getting a feel for these greens. They are grainy enough to where I just didn't quite read them right, and I hit them good, and then the grain would take it, not take it. It was just difficult. I think my speed was off because I just didn't quite have it right.

Grainy greens or not, if Tiger gets them figured out. it's going to be lights out on the ABU Dhabi HSBC Championship. 

With Woods hitting the ball so well, he still trails the co-leader and playing partner in the first and second rounds, Rory McIlroy. McIlroy didn't seem to have his game all the way dialed in, but he still managed to fire a 67, three better than Woods.

13 Apr 1997:  Tiger Woods celebrates afer making a par putt to win the Masters Tournament at the Augusta National Golf Course in Augusta, Georgia. Mandatory Credit: David Cannon  /Allsport
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This championship could finally be the one where we all see the Tiger we once knew unleash his fury.

Remembering back to the glory days of Tiger, one could not help but notice the similarity in the game and swagger early this morning on the course. 

Tonight, Woods tees off at 9:05pm EST in the states, and coverage will be held on Golf. Be sure to tune in to see if Tiger can get his putting together and take over this field.