Rickie Fowler finishes in style but Tiger Woods' challenge fades

04 December, 2017, 01:48 | Author: Lora Ball
  • Tiger Woods made a poor start with bogeys at four of the first seven holes

Showing speed and power with his full swings and seemingly without any discomfort despite four back surgeries to his name the two-time FedExCup champion proved a return to regular PGA TOUR duties is far from beyond him.

Following a flawless front-nine 31, Woods stumbled with a sloppy double-bogey on the 10th hole. I showed some good signs. "I just ended up in bad spots after good shots". And as recently as June, Nicklaus said that if Woods should resume playing golf he still firmly believed that Woods, who turns 42 later this month, could challenge his record of 18 major championships.

"I think we'll sit back and try to figure that out", he said.

Woods, who is playing for the first time since February, was in trouble from the opening hole, hitting his tee shot at the first into the sand bordering the fairway. Two more bogeys on the sixth and seventh put him four over for the day as his challenge threatened to unravel, and a further bogey on the 10th further deepened the gloom.

Fowler began the final round seven strokes back from overnight leader Charley Hoffman, but surged up the leaderboard with a lightning start to his Sunday in the Bahamas.

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He added three more birdies on the back nine for a sizzling, bogey-free round.

It left the 14-time major victor at four under, 10 shots off the lead held by American Charley Hoffman on the par-72 Albany Golf Club course.

"I've got to keep fighting and that is one thing I have always done in my entire career".

England's Tommy Fleetwood (67) and Jordan Spieth (69) tied for third at 12-under 276.

"I haven't had a chance yet to see Tiger play and can only go by the results".

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