ORLANDO (AFP) – Tiger Woods was pleased to swing powerfully and without pain in his comeback event, but the former world number one finished the Hero World Challenge with plenty of work ahead.
Woods, who ended a four-month back injury layoff at the event, fired a par 72 Sunday at Isleworth to complete 72 holes on level par 288, sharing last with Hunter Mahan in the 18-golfer field.
“It feels good to feel that rush again,” Woods said. “I didn’t hit the ball as well as I would like. My short game was awful. But I was able to play for four days and hit the ball the way I wanted to and that’s progress.
“It’s so nice to hit drives that hard again, take bunkers out of play, cut corners, hadn’t felt healthy enough to do that in a very long time.”
After battling illness for two days, stumbling to five-over in his first eight holes and displaying woeful chip shots thrown off by swing changes, Woods found the positives in simply playing without pain, rare for him in 2014.
“I made some progress,” Woods said. “I hadn’t played in four months. I was able to play without any issues and that really reinforces that I’m doing the right thing for my body.
“It’s nice to be able to go out and hit driver that hard again. I’ve gotten my speed back. Look how far I’m hitting it now. That’s nice.”