Woods finishes strong with final-round 68 at Hero

Woods finishes strong with final-round 68 at Hero

Woods finishes strong with final-round 68 at Hero

Woods shot a 5-under 31 on the front nine Sunday, but he bogeyed his last two holes to finish with a 4-under 68.

No more birdies were forthcoming, however, and Fowler settled for a course-record 61 and an 18-under total of 270.

Click on the video above to see Fowler's seven straight birdies! .

Third-round leader Hoffman (72) once again failed to convert his 54-hole lead into a win and finished four behind Fowler.

A back-nine double-bogey and two bogeys to finish took some wind out of Woods's sails, but the 41-year-old superstar, playing for the first time since February after yet another back surgery in April, found plenty to be encouraged about.

Fowler finished at 18-under, while Hoffman was 14-under with Tommy Fleetwood (67) and Jordan Spieth (69) Tied-3td at 12-under and defending champion Hideki Matsuyama (68) was Tied-5th with Patrick Reed (68) and Justin Rose (70).

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In his traditional Sunday red shirt and black trousers, Woods added a 4-under 68 to his opening rounds of 69-68-75 to finish at 8 under for the tournament and sits mid-field in the 18-man event at Albany.

Most importantly, he said, he played all week without pain. "This is the way I've been playing at home and when I came out here and played, I was playing very similar to this". ". I hit just a boatload of good putts".

The 14-time major champion will turn 42 on December 30 and his likely schedule is yet to be confirmed, however, there were enough positives from the four rounds to suggest Woods can be a regular contender again.

"The issue was how my scoring was going to be, how was my feel? Nobody was sure how far he'd hit his iron shots, but I think he's done pretty well with that too".

Woods struggled on Saturday after leading for a short time during the second round of his first competitive event for 10 months, but his swagger was back in the Bahamas on Sunday.

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