Tiger Woods finishes second round of Challenge four shots off lead

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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.

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"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.

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"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.

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