Late stumble spoils Tiger’s round

Tiger Woods was looking in much better shape at the Hero World Challenge on Friday before a slip-up on the 18th hole.

The former World No 1 made his competitive return to golf after a four-month injury lay-off with a disappointing five-over-par 77 on Thursday, but looked set to do much better than that for much Friday’s second round at Isleworth.

“I really didn’t feel that much different than yesterday,” Woods told ESPN.

“I hit probably two less worse shots than I did yesterday, but I struck the ball solid yesterday and I did again today. I think obviously I hit them a little bit closer today and made a couple putts.”

While he didn’t exactly set the house on fire, 12 successive pars were followed by a masterful eagle at the 13th thanks to a superb second shot out of the rough.

That was followed by further birdies at the 14th and 16th as Woods battled back from five over to one over.

Unfortunately for Woods, he would give two of those shots back after an unsightly duffed chip shot into the 18th green.

That meant he had to settle for a two-under-par 70, leaving him on three over par for the tournament – and last place in the 18-man field.