Tiger Woods First Tournament Back Should be Considered a Success

By Michael Shamburger

Tiger Woods finished his fourth round at the Hero World Challenge with a 76. That final round score is quite disappointing considering it was his highest round of the week, but in his first tournament back, finishing at four-under with a 65 in his second round, is quite respectable.

Most may see this finish — Woods is currently in 15th place out of 17 — as a sign of what is to come for Tiger this season, but anyone with a sound mind should be able to realize that he wasn’t going to come right back and start dominating tournaments. At one point on Saturday, Woods was a mere three strokes behind leader Hideki Matsuyama, who yours truly picked to win the tournament and has finished 5th, 1st, 2nd, 1st, and 1st in his last five tournaments. Considering all that his body has overcome, that is fairly impressive.

Woods finished a full 72 holes without incident, looked good at times, and appeared to be swinging without issue. His swing looks much better this year than it did in 2015, as you can see in the video below.

To me that was a clear sign that the almost 41-year-old Tiger is not done.

If you’re wondering where Woods will play next, ESPN’s Bob Harig got a vague answer.