Tiger Woods starts well but then he gives up

A promising start filled with impressive feats. Then, the first mistakes crept in

by Andrea Gussoni
Tiger Woods starts well but then he gives up
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A promising start filled with impressive feats. Then, the first mistakes crept in. Finally, a final collapse brought on by exhaustion and a prolonged absence from the playing fields. Tiger Woods experienced a round of both joys and sorrows in the Hero World Challenge at Albany, on the island of New Providence in the Bahamas.

He finished the opening round with a score of 75 (+3) strokes, in 18th place only ahead of Wyndham Clark and Will Zalatoris. Returning after nearly eight months, he made his first birdie at hole 3 (par 5). Then came the first of five bogeys he ultimately suffered.

In between, he scored three more birdies with a double bogey at hole 15 (par 5). In the unofficial PGA Tour tournament organized by the Californian champion's foundation, which sees 20 top players on the field, 13 of whom played in the recent Ryder Cup in Rome, we find the American duo of Tony Finau and Brian Harman at the top of the leaderboard.

Both leaders with a total of 67 (-5), they each scored six birdies and a bogey. Trailing them by just one stroke is the Texan Jordan Spieth, 3rd with 68 (-4) ahead of Scottie Scheffler. The world number one is 4th with 69 (-3) alongside Cameron Young and Collin Morikawa.

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Viktor Hovland's start at the Albany Golf Course (par 72) hasn't been ideal. Currently ranked fourth globally, the Norwegian trails behind in 16th place with a score of 73 (+1) in the Bahamas. Having already secured victories in 2021 and 2022, the 26-year-old from Oslo is now chasing a hat-trick of consecutive wins in the competition - an unprecedented feat.

Even Tiger Woods, who has claimed a record-breaking five wins at this tournament, was unable to accomplish this feat. Considered by many to be the best golfer of all time,[3] as well as the best of the modern era, in his twenty-year career he won 110 professional tournaments, including 15 majors, making him the most successful player in the history; he held the top position in the OWG world rankings for a total of 683 weeks, of which 281 were consecutive (from June 12, 2005 to October 30, 2010), and is the only golfer to have won all four majors of the modern era within a single year (between 2000 and 2001).

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