Rickie Fowler finishes in style but Tiger Woods' challenge fades

Tiger Woods return turns the dial for TV ratings

Tiger still in the woods

No one could match Rickie Fowler, though.

However, a double bogey at the 10th and dropped shots at the final two holes left him on eight under for the tournament on his comeback from injury.

"I've had some tough times through the years with my back and then finally to come out on the good side and (be) able to get back out there and play".

"I'm excited", Woods said afterward. "I hit some really good shots out there (and am ready for) a bright future. and no pain". "Not quite hitting it as far, but I had the adrenaline going and overall, I'm very pleased".

"I think we'll sit back and try to figure that out", he said.

"I haven't had a chance yet to see Tiger play and can only go by the results".

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Charley Hoffman started the day with a five-shot lead, but Fowler conjured up a tournament-record 11-under 61 to deny his fellow American.

The golf superstar has made only a handful of appearances in the past two years after back problems forced him to miss the entire 2015-2016 season and despite the frustrations of Saturday's round Woods said he was enjoying his return.

He definitely had the Albany course figured over the first nine holes on Sunday.

Woods posted three under-par rounds for the week, including a final-round 4-under 68 that featured his eagle on No. 7 and a half-dozen birdies. He had another eagle putt on the par-5 11th, and generally looks like powerful-ass Tiger friggin' Woods out there. But the 79 times PGA Tour victor struck back with birdies at 11, 14 and 15 before bogeys at 17 and 18.

He added three more birdies on the back nine for a sizzling, bogey-free round.

Hoffman finished with nine successive pars to claim second place four shots behind Fowler and two ahead of England's Tommy Fleetwood and Jordan Spieth, who shot 67 and 69 respectively. "We took care of that and kept it rolling".

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