NASSAU, Bahamas – A 15-month layoff takes a toll, even when you’re Tiger Woods.
After showing flashes of brilliance throughout his much-anticipated return to competition, Woods stumbled to a 4-over 76 in the final round of the Hero World Challenge. The score left Woods alone in 15th place at 4 under for the week, 14 shots behind winner Hideki Matsuyama and ahead of only two pros in the limited-field event.
While he was able to get off to a fast start in each of the first three rounds, Woods was slow out of the gates Sunday, playing his first six holes in 3 over. His colorful scorecard included five birdies but also featured three bogeys and three double bogeys.
Woods reeled off three straight birdies on Nos. 7-9 to draw back to even for the day, but he played his next three holes in 4 over, a stretch that included a short par miss on No. 12. At one point in the middle of his round, Woods went eight straight holes without a par.
Despite the tumultuous close, Woods was optimistic when discussing his first competitive start since the 2015 Wyndham Championship.
“I think it was great to be back playing again, competing and playing against some of the best players in the world,” Woods said. “Unfortunately, I made a lot of mistakes this week. A lot of birdies, but also made a lot of mistakes.”
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The final day at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am delivered plenty of scenery but little drama. Here's how things ended up on the Monterey Peninsula, where Jordan Spieth cruised to a four-shot win:
Leaderboard: Jordan Spieth (-19), Kelly Kraft (-15), Dustin Johnson (-14), Brandt Snedeker (-13), Jason Day (-12)
What it means: Spieth started the day with a six-shot lead, and the outcome of the tournament was never really in doubt as he birdied the second hole and made it around Pebble Beach without dropping a shot. It's his ninth career PGA Tour victory, first since last year's Dean & DeLuca Invitational and signals that Spieith is again included among any discussion of the hottest players in the world.
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While Tiger Woods stole the spotlight for much of the afternoon, Justin Rose ended up on top of the leaderboard after the first round of the Farmers Insurance Open. Here's how things look in San Diego, where Rose holds a one-shot lead over another recent runner-up:
Leaderboard: Justin Rose (-7), Adam Hadwin (-6), Gary Woodland (-5), Brad Fritsch (-5), Charles Howell III (-5), Brandt Snedeker (-4)
What it means: Woods was the main story entering the day as he made his first official PGA Tour start in nearly 18 months, but he was unable to keep pace on the rugged back nine on the South Course. Hadwin's 66 led the way on the more difficult of the two layouts in play this week, but Rose will sleep on a slim advantage after carving up the par-5s on the North Course.
Round of the day: Rose is making his first start since a second-place finish at the Sony Open, and he picked up right where he left off with a 65 that featured a pair of eagles. Rose was actually 1 over through six holes before turning it on, as the Englishman played the quartet of par-5s in 6 under after hitting all four greens in two.
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