Tiger Woods Cards Opening Round 69 at Hero World Challenge

Live: Tiger Woods comeback - Hero World Challenge first round

Given all he has been through since playing his last tournament 10 months ago and the lack of time spent preparing for this tournament, it was an encouraging first step for the 14-time major champion who was making his first start in 301 days.

While fans were understandably waxing lyrical about Woods' comeback, do you think we'd see tour pros tweet like this about another fellow pro who wasn't Tiger?

Woods' booming 300-yard opening tee ball flirted with a sandy waste area on the left side of the fairway and - maybe in a nod from the golf gods - got a good kick that bounced the ball into the fairway, leaving him 99 yards to the hole. I had a lot of adrenaline going and was hitting it a little longer than normal.

Woods, making his first start since withdrawing from the Dubai Desert Classic in February, went out in 35 shots with two birdies and a bogey, before returning in 34 shots with three birdies and a bogey. Those are the internal struggles I haven't been through as a player for a while.

A further birdie on the eighth - when he drained a 20-foot putt - put him at two under before a botched chip led to a bogey on the ninth.




Thursday's round follows a hard year for Woods, who in addition to his injury problems has also battled demons in his private life. "I was in my head thanking all the people that have really helped me and gave me a chance to come back and play this round again".

"Before school I would turn on the TV and watch and he would always be on", Matsuyama said.

"There were a lot of people that were instrumental in my life - friends, outside people I've never met before, obviously my surgeon - a lot of people".

His opening salvo enjoyed a bit of good luck as it bounced away from the sand and onto the fairway, and he very almost started with a birdie - only for his putt to burn the edge. "To go out and score like I did was nice". That would have him fourth in the Putts Per Round stat on the PGA Tour for 2018.

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