There were signs of vintage Tiger during his first round of competitive golf in 301 days after recovering from a fourth back surgery.
Tiger Woods got off to a fast start and briefly held the outright lead in the second round of the Hero World Challenge before finishing with a four-under-par 68.
Hoffman was level par through eight on 12 under, leading Tommy Fleetwood by just one shot.More news: Vaccines and aid workers arrive by plane in Yemen after blockade
"I think it is successful because I went out there and shot 31 on the front nine and built upon what I did yesterday", responded Woods when asked how he rated the round.
Only in the closing five holes where Woods twice had birdies and narrowly missed a third at the last, did the 41-year-old show he could again be a factor. "That was nice to make to keep the momentum going", he admitted afterwards. Woods was 1 over on the back nine with one birdie and two bogeys and now sits five shots off the lead at 7 under. "I have been playing a lot of holes [at home] but it's different teeing up in a tournament". I had to dial it back a bit. Woods dropped a few shots with poor chips around the green, but most of the field also struggled with the tough bermuda lies here at Albany.
The performance impressed leading coach Denis Pugh.More news: Undocumented immigrant acquitted in Kate Steinle death
"I didn't know what I could do", Woods said. "The greatest player of his generation has come back at an age when comebacks aren't normal".
Fleetwood is making his first start in the 18-man tournament and will look to cap his breakthrough season with another victory before getting married on Tuesday. World No 1 Dustin Johnson and Open champion Jordan Spieth are two behind along with Justin Rose and Kevin Chappell.More news: Raiders' Michael Crabtree, Broncos' Aqib Talib ejected after fight