Woods solid in return to tournament golf

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Woods made his competitive return to golf Thursday at Albany Golf Course in New Providence, and he did so with flair in finishing the round just three back when he posted in the clubhouse.

The golf world is abuzz ahead of Tiger Woods' comeback at the Hero World Challenge, and the excitement levels are sure to keep rising after some vintage play in Wednesday's pro-am.

"I didn't know what I could do", Woods said.

The former longtime world No. 1 and 14-time major champion shot a 1-under 35 on the front nine with a birdies at the par-5, 572-yard No. 3 and par-3, 216-yard No. 8 holes opposite a bogey at No. 9.

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He made the turn three shots back of the leaders in a star-studded limited field, with Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth all at minus-4.

Three more pars followed before Woods holed from 25 feet for birdie on the eighth, although another duffed chip on the par-five ninth led to a first bogey of the day after reaching the edge of the green in two.

Woods hasn't won a tournament since 2013 (when he won five), and it may be unrealistic to expect him to contend right away, but the way he is swinging the club this week offers optimism that he may finally be back to stay. I had a lot of adrenaline going.

A 79-time victor on the PGA Tour who was world No.1 for a record 683 weeks, Woods lost form in recent years due to injuries and his ranking has plummeted to 1199th.

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