Tiger Woods briefly takes lead, in contention at Hero World Challenge

Tiger Back causing no issues at all

Tiger Back causing no issues at all

This time it was Donovan Bailey, the former 100m world champion, and Niall Horan, the One Direction crooner, expressing their feverish enthusiasm.

With his swing of old back for the most part, Woods held the lead at the turn thanks to an eagle at the ninth and remained at or near the top until a poor drive and bogey at the last.

Soon-to-be groom Tommy Fleetwood set the early pace at the Hero World Challenge here on Thursday, firing a six-under 66 on Day One in trying and windy conditions at the Albany golf course. But it boasts the best and the best do not appreciate losing. He opened with a birdie on the first hole after knocking a wedge to 4 feet, then added two more birdies in the next three holes.

Woods, making his first start since withdrawing from the Dubai Desert Classic in February, went out in 35 shots with two birdies and a bogey, before returning in 34 shots with three birdies and a bogey. And all the while, he was driving it in the style one of the celebrated young generation - long, straight.

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"They seemed to be a foot faster", Woods told The Golf Channel, adding that he was satisfied with his fitness following back surgery in April.

Woods is five back at seven under.

Tiger Woods has shot a 3-under 69 on the first day of the Hero World Challenge in Nassau, his first competitive outing after a nine-month injury break. We've got two more days and I think it's supposed to blow a little harder tomorrow. As you can see, even with the fused back, I still have some speed out there and these are all things I've had to learn and will continue to learn.

Woods also birded the 11th after a superb chip from a tight lie right of the green, but three-putted the next to drop his first shot of the day and also three-putted the par-five 15th for par. "I just played solid".

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