Tiger Woods at 2017 Hero World Challenge: Round 1 Live Updates, Score and Highlights

Invalid DateAlbany, Bahamas
David Kenyon

Tiger Woods shot a three-under-par 69 during his return to the course Thursday at the 2017 Hero World Challenge in Albany, Bahamas. Woods, who last played in February, carded five birdies on the day. While his short game occasionally flared as an issue and he would've liked to capitalize on par fives more often, Woods putted particularly well. He ended the round three shots behind the clubhouse leader, Tommy Fleetwood. Woods will return to course Friday for Round 2 of the 18-man tournament, which also features Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson and Rickie Fowler.

  1. November 30, 2017
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    Tiger Woods Shoots 69 in Hero World Challenge Round 1 in Return from Back Injury

    Tiger Woods Shoots 69 in Hero World Challenge Round 1 in Return from Back Injury
    Tiger Woods at Hero World Challenge Round 1 2017-11-30

    Tiger Woods Shoots 69 in Hero World Challenge Round 1 in Return from Back Injury

    Adam Wells
    via Adam Wells
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    Round 1 Card


    Welcome back, @TigerWoods. 🐯 A look at Tiger's 18-hole scorecard for Round 1 of the Hero World Challenge. https://t.co/nmcnHVmjNG

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    Tiger's Impression of His Return


    "For me, I thought I did great." @TigerWoods breaks down his first competitive round back in 10 months. https://t.co/18n8WFHbLR

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  6. November 30, 2017
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    Opening-Round Stats

    GC Tiger Tracker @GCTigerTracker

    Stats for the day - 7 of 13 fairways, 11 of 18 greens and 27 total putts.

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    Commendable Day for Tiger

    Overall, it was a fine performance.

    Woods will probably discuss his lack of success on scoring holes and a little bit of trouble with his short game. However, Tiger's putting saved several shots in his first competitive round since February.


    That'll do it. @TigerWoods opens with a 69 in his first competitive round back in 301 days. #QuickHits https://t.co/zNNCGEsFqR

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    Tiger's 1st Round Complete

    He walks in a par to wrap up a three-under 69.

    Justin Ray @JustinRayGC

    Tiger Woods: 69 (-3), his 1st opening round in the 60s in 834 days (2015 Wyndham).

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    Tiger Looking to Finish Strong

    Robert Lusetich @RobertLusetich

    Huge that he hit that 18th fairway. +6 on this hole last year. Water left, garbage right has never been a good mix for TW. #TigersBack

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    Par Heading into 18

    Tiger barely shorted his first shot on 17, but he drops in another par to reach the final hole at three-under-par.

    Josh Berhow @Josh_Berhow

    Tiger said earlier this week he's still getting used to his distance control. Looks like he hits a good iron on the par-3 17th but it comes up short of the green.

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    Par 5s Tell the Story

    Woods struggled today on Par-5s, finishing one-over with one birdie, two pars and two bogeys.

    Comparatively, Fleetwood carded three birdies and two pars. It's not a coincidence he leads the tournament.

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    Ben Everill @BEverillPGATOUR

    Driver for @TigerWoods goes right again... but not so bad if you do this.... right over the flag to 16feet. Sadly unable to covert birdie. Stays -3 with 2 to play. https://t.co/AaRHsH9z92

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    Woods Gives One Back

    Bob Harig @BobHarig

    A bogey at the par-5 15th... and Tiger plays the 5 par-5s in 1 over -- which is obviously an area where he will need to improve

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    GC Tiger Tracker @GCTigerTracker

    He took a drop, not a good one and could only muster a “suh-weeet.”

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    Doug Ferguson @dougferguson405

    The Tiger Woods search party on 15. https://t.co/nfXHMnCRf4

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    Some Trouble on 15

    Ben Everill @BEverillPGATOUR

    Whoops. @TigerWoods first bad tee shot goes way right. Provisional ball out.

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    🔥 He's on Fire 🔥

    Only Fowler and Fleetwood have better scores so far.


    Back-to-back birdies. 🐦 🐦 @TigerWoods is one shot off the lead at the Hero World Challenge. #QuickHits https://t.co/4HSBUi7E0M

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    Tap-in Birdie? The Best

    Make it -4 for Woods.

    He'll be one shot behind the leader.

    I'm not freaking out, you are.

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    Moving on Up

    Woods knocks home his fourth birdie of the afternoon.


    ‼️ Two back ‼️ #QuickHits https://t.co/yMgUtxcAWK

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    GC Tiger Tracker @GCTigerTracker

    Drive is left but overall have been impressed by the way he’s hitting it off the tee. No crazy shots. Nothing wildly off line.

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    Woods Hangs on Again

    There haven't been many real birdie opportunities in a while. On the bright side for Tiger, he's saved par each time except on No. 9.

    Ben Everill @BEverillPGATOUR

    Chipping and putting saves him on 12. Nice par save.

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    Leaderboard Update

    Kevin Chappell leads the 18-man field with a five-under score through 15 holes. Woods is three shots back.

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    Jason Sobel @JasonSobelESPN

    Tiger almost chips it through the green. Then almost putts it off the green. Saves par.

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    Tiger Looking to Save Par

    Last time we said this, he buried a long putt.

    But with a 35-footer coming back, finishing with a five on 11 is no problem.

    GC Tiger Tracker @GCTigerTracker

    Not great but safe. Blows it 35 fee past for fear of another chunk.

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    Great Start at 11

    Robert Lusetich @RobertLusetich

    The tee flips straight back after #TigerWoods hits driver. Smokes it dead straight. By far best thing so far is his tee game #TigersBack

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    Tiger Gets It Back


    A bounce-back birdie. @TigerWoods gets back to (-2) with a birdie on No. 10. #QuickHits https://t.co/hZ7GsJwZUn

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    Doug Ferguson @dougferguson405

    Tiger out in 35. Took 4 to get down from 30’ on 9. Stubbed chip and 3 putts. First dropped shot. First expletive. Lot of firsts when you haven’t played in awhile.

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    Tiger's first hiccup of the day comes on No. 9. He bogeys to finish his front nine (-1). #QuickHits https://t.co/5EKfP5Yaw3

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    Short Game an Obstacle

    Woods has chunked both of his chips today.

    Jason Sobel @JasonSobelESPN

    Nine holes, two chunky chips for Tiger.

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    Tiger Smashing the Ball

    Questions about his health are going to linger, but this opening nine sure is encouraging.

    Justin Ray @JustinRayGC

    Tiger's measured ball speed off the tee at 9 was 178 MPH. That number would have ranked 19th on Tour last season, between JB Holmes and Adam Scott.

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    Birdie No. 2

    Woods is now two shots behind the leader, Tommy Fleetwood.


    A birdie and another fist pump! @TigerWoods is (-2) as he makes his way to No. 9 at the Hero World Challenge. #QuickHits https://t.co/N0yrUMEYsI

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    Forget That Par

    Nevermind! Woods comfortably rolls in a 25-footer for his second birdie of the day.

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    Not the Best Spot on 8

    He could be looking at a par here.

    GC Tiger Tracker @GCTigerTracker

    Yelling at it to stay. Just on right edge. A par 3.

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    John Daly @PGA_JohnDaly

    Great seeing Tiger back in action he’s definitely great for the game of golf! Wishing @TigerWoods nothing but the best of luck! @TGRLiveEvents 🏆#HeroWorldChallenge

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    Ryan Lavner @RyanLavnerGC

    Pretty healthy rip for a guy with a fused lower back: https://t.co/0v3A3BvGmM

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    Woods Unleashes One

    It's a playable shot, but the bigger point is Tiger held nothing back while trying to drive the green.

    Steve Elling @EllingYelling

    Tiger Woods takes a huge rip with driver in attempt to drive the downwind, 340-yard seventh green. Finds greenside bunker. That was 100% full bore.

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    Justin Ray @JustinRayGC

    Tiger through 6 holes (-1) 1 birdie, 0 bogeys 2/4 fairways 5/6 GIR 1/1 scrambling 10 putts (11, but 1 was from off putting surface)

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    Another Close Miss

    Woods has played well so far, but he'll likely point out some of the putts he's missed early in this round.

    GC Tiger Tracker @GCTigerTracker

    Looking at a 20 footer for birdie here at 6. Scoots past the hole. Should be a par, but a little meat left on the bone.

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    Tiger's New Swing

    It's not as violent as it was in the past, which hopefully will reduce the amount of back troubles he's experienced.

    Ben Everill @BEverillPGATOUR

    Some slow mo @TigerWoods on 5 https://t.co/lONOhkxmvb

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    Aren't We All?

    Michael Phelps @MichaelPhelps

    Pumped to be watching @TigerWoods back out there!!!

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    Par at 5

    GC Tiger Tracker @GCTigerTracker

    Scares the hole. Easy two putt. Remains 1 under.

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    Hero World Challenge Leaderboard

    There are, in fact, 17 other golfers competing. Jordan Spieth and Matt Kuchar are the final players on the course.

    So far, Rickie Fowler leads the way at -3. Dustin Johnson is among those one shot back, and Woods sits at -1.

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    Golf Channel @GolfChannel

    🚨 TIGER FIST PUMP ALERT 🚨 https://t.co/szKw7IBBFZ

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    Oh, He's Back!

    Ben Everill @BEverillPGATOUR

    First fist pump! @TigerWoods makes big par save after chunked chip.

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    Stephen Curry @StephenCurry30

    The wait is over. The wait is over. @TigerWoods

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    Chirp, Chirp


    That didn't take long. @TigerWoods is in with birdie at No. 3 to move to (-1). #QuickHits https://t.co/Xu1CVvtEhY

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    In the Red Numbers

    Bob Harig @BobHarig

    First birdie is a routine 2-putt. #Tiger

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    Scoring Chance!


    260 yards. 2-iron. Eagle putt coming up for @TigerWoods. #QuickHits https://t.co/L0WOV5Z6Ls

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    Big Drive on 3

    Woods outdrives Thomas and has approximately 260 yards remaining to the pin at the par-5.

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    Par on 2

    Tiger has been in position for birdies on both holes.

    GC Tiger Tracker @GCTigerTracker

    Just missed left. Great roll. Two opening pars work though.

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    Sean Zak @Sean_Zak

    Tiger said it during his pro-am yesterday: "If I drive the ball well, I'll have wedges into most holes." FW: ☑️ Wedge: ☑️ Birdie putt slips by. Par on the first.

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    Birdie Putt on the Way


    He's on in two. A birdie putt coming up for @TigerWoods on No. 1 at the Hero World Challenge. #QuickHits https://t.co/3EJjIB7V3G

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    Fortunate Bounce, but Smoked

    Jason Sobel @JasonSobelESPN

    First tee shot for Tiger Woods in 301 days: In the fairway -- and about 30 yards past Justin Thomas.

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    And he's back! For the first time in 10 months, @TigerWoods has returned to competitive golf. https://t.co/FaZMpTlhLs

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    Now on the Tee...

    Tiger Woods.

    He's back.

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    Randall Mell @RandallMellGC

    .@TrevorImmelman: "There's a side of me that got absolutely obliterated by Tiger Woods, that wants him to bring some of that pain to the current group of players. This group are tremendous athletes...I just hope it's not too late."

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    GC Tiger Tracker @GCTigerTracker

    He looks comfortable. No stress. Smoking driver right now. 20 minutes till liftoff.

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    All Black.

    Jeff Babineau @GolfweekBabz

    .@TigerWoods dressed all in black, white shoes, white belt, marking up golf balls for the first time in a long time. One hour out. #HeroWorldChallenge https://t.co/qQ5SD9YEsC

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    Woods and the Art of the Optimistic Comeback

    Woods and the Art of the Optimistic Comeback
    Tiger Woods at Hero World Challenge Round 1 2017-11-30

    Woods and the Art of the Optimistic Comeback

    Victor Mather
    via Nytimes
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    🎥 Woods Make Eagle(!) After Driving Green(!) at Pro-Am

    🎥 Woods Make Eagle(!) After Driving Green(!) at Pro-Am
    Tiger Woods at Hero World Challenge Round 1 2017-11-30

    🎥 Woods Make Eagle(!) After Driving Green(!) at Pro-Am

    Alex Myers
    via Golf Digest