Woods struggles as bogeys slow his comeback

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Nassau (Bahamas), Dec 1 (IANS) Fourteen-time major victor Tiger Woods shot a three-under-par 69 as he returned at the Hero World Challenge following nine months out injured.

Showing no signs of limits in his swing, Woods had two birdies - the first by reaching the 572-yard par-five third hole in two and another at the par-three eighth - before closing with a disappointing bogey on the par-five ninth when he was greenside in two but struggled with his short game.

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England's Justin Rose (71) and Jordan Spieth (72) were tied for second at nine-under 207, one stroke ahead of Italy's Francesco Molinari (71).

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"I still have a long way to go", said Woods, who last won a tournament in 2013.

Hoffman also had a bright start with six birdies and a bogey on the front nine and pulled away on the back side with six more birdies and two bogeys.

If the 41-year-old had stirred the memory bank with his first-round 69, then with three birdies in his first four holes, he switched on the mixer and made all the high-points of his career suddenly pour over back into the consciousness. 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 blew a lot of them past the hole.

Fleetwood, who is making his debut in the event before getting married in the Bahmas on Tuesday, was bogey-free as he took a one-shot lead over American duo Rickie Fowler and Matt Kuchar.

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