Woods Flounders In Return As Matsuyama Surges On

Former world number one Tiger Woods/Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP

By Andah John with Agency report

Tiger Woods delivered the good, bad and ugly, as he finished 14 shots back in his much anticipated comeback to golf .

Woods, back in action after being sidelined for nearly 16 months due to back-related issues, endured a roller-coaster afternoon which included five birdies and three double-bogeys.

He closed with a 76 for 15th place at four-under.

Good to be back, but…

“I think it was a great week, to be back playing again and competing, playing against the best players in the world,” Woods said in an interview.

“Unfortunately I made a lot of mistakes this week, made a lot of birdies but a lot of mistakes.

Woods struggling with fitness?

“I made some poor decisions, missed the ball in the wrong spots and quite frankly it feels a little weird not to play in a cart,” said Woods. who ran up a six at the par-four last after his tee shot ended up in an unplayable position in a bush.

“So, it’s a little different and I am getting used to that, getting my legs back and getting my body back, focusing for a long period of time.

“And these are all things that I have missed for about a year and a half.”

Matsuyama wins 4th tourney

Meanwhile, Golf’s hottest player in the past two months Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama survived a shaky back nine to clinch his fourth win in five starts on Sunday.

The Japanese did this with a two-stroke victory at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas.

Matsuyama ended a dominant week with his worst round, a one-over 73 at the Albany course on the island of New Providence.

The 24-year-old Japanese, seven strokes ahead overnight in the elite 18-man event, birdied two of the first nine holes.

He then shrugged off a double at the 10th and a bogey at the 14th as he posted an 18-under total of 270 in blustery conditions.

Stenson finishes in second

Also, British Open champion Henrik Stenson of Sweden eagled the par-five ninth on the way to a 68 and second place. While Americans Dustin Johnson (71), Rickie Fowler (69) and Matt Kuchar (70) were a further three strokes back.


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