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Tiger Gets Back Into the Flow at Hero World Challenge

Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports/Reuters. Picture Supplied by Action Images.

ALBANY, BAHAMAS | There was a time when Tiger Woods shooting 65 on Friday felt routine.

When Woods shot 7-under par 65 on Friday in the second round of the Hero World Challenge, it felt like a rebirth.


“It feels good,” Woods said after going bogey-free in the warm, sunny conditions while playing as a solo.

Woods was supposed to play with Justin Rose but Rose withdrew Friday morning citing an issue with his back, which has given him problems this year. Woods went out alone and picked the Albany course apart.

Unlike Thursday when he let a 4-under start melt away with bogeys on two par-5s and two late double bogeys, Woods had no such issues on Friday.

Woods made a good par save from a bush at the par-3 eighth hole and it sparked him.

“After hitting that terrible shot into another bush and getting up and down, I told (caddie) Joey (LaCava) I’m not dropping a shot,” said Woods, who hit eight fairways and 14 greens.

“I lost it (Thursday) at nine, made bogey there and bogeyed 11. Today, I played those holes 2-under par. I wanted to keep that card clean. I don’t know what it is about playing and competing but keeping cards clean, there’s something really special and it feels pretty good doing that.”

Starting at the ninth hole Friday, Woods made five birdies in a seven-hole stretch. After more than 15 months away, Woods said he’s happy about how quickly he’s gotten back into the competitive flow.

“To feel it yesterday, feel that tee shot on No. 2 and feel like, ‘Hey, I’m back in this again,’ I had the feeling of playing tournament golf,” Woods said. “Today, I had it early and the first tee shot I hit felt very comfortable.”

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