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Woods shows there's life in the Tiger yet

By Phil Casey

Tiger Woods roared back onto the golf scene with an opening round of 69 at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas, his first competitive round of golf in nine months.

The former World No.1 showed a few signs of rustiness, but put in a very impressive performance on his return, leaving him three shots off the overnight lead held by England's Tommy Fleetwood.

Despite admitting he was nervous on the first tee regarding how he would respond to three back surgeries, Woods mixed five birdies with two bogeys in a confidence-boosting display.

"For me I thought I did great," Woods said. "I hadn't played in a while after some of the difficulties I've been through.

"To score like I did, that was nice. It was fun to get out there and actually be part of a scorecard again."

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