Tiger Woods reacts on the seventh hole during the third round of the Hero World Challenge golf tournament in Albany. (Photo: Kyle Terada, USA TODAY Sports)  NASSAU, Bahamas – That's not what Tiger Woods expected.
After two rounds of the Hero World Challenge, when the former World No. 1 rocked the mbades with exciting games after a 10-month absence, the 79 PGA winner The tour titles and 14 majors were in position to Win for the first time since 2013. After rounds of 69-68 they left him five shots out of the lead and in a tie for fifth in a tournament that attracted eight of the top 10 players. In the world, Woods himself modified his expectations in the last return of back surgery.
I knew I could win against the odds after the long break.
But from the start in Saturday's third round at Albany Swept by the Wind Golf Course, Woods was out of sync and quickly out of any chan ce to win the tournament he hosts on this paradisiacal island.
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While he made four bogeys in his first 36 holes, he made four bogeys in his first round seven holes in the third round, five in the first 10. His handling was off, his chipping was off, his putter had cooled. Although he finished well with two birdies in his last five holes, he still signed for a triple of 75 that left him on 4 under with 54 holes and 10 shots off the lead set by Charley Hoffman, who threw 70 to move to 14 under and five free throws from second place.
"It was a difficult start," Woods said, adding that his poor game was not the result of any physical discomfort with his back, which had been home to four. surgical procedures since 2014. "Everything I did well ended up in a bad place and everything I did wrong was really wrong, I just could not turn it around, it went the wrong way."
His opening record found desert, which led to a bogey. On the third hole, he smoked a drive and then had 278 yards to the hole, but he flew his approach 290 yards over the green. I needed four more shots to make a bogey in par 5. A flyer out of the rough in par 5, the sixth, ended up pbading the green and led to another bogey. He bogeyed on the next hole when his drive flew through the short par-4 hole. A poor chip in the 10th led to its last bogey.
He was so upset that when he made his first birdie, from 8 feet on the 14th hole, he turned to the veranda, bowed and took off his cap.
"That's just golf, we'll always face adversity," Woods said. "It was frustrating that I could not turn it around in the easier holes … This is how it sometimes happens."
But Woods was very angry after the round. While looking for positive aspects in his first action in 10 months and just his fourth appearance in two years, Woods said he was grateful to have been forced to fight, to overcome their difficulties, never to give up.
"It's good to be part of the fight again … going out and fighting the golf course, fighting the boys, it's fun," Woods said. "I just have not done much in recent years, I liked it, I like being able to fight there, unfortunately, I could not make it turn around."
He will have a final round to reverse it, but for Woods, this week he has already signed up for success. He is free of pain, moves freely and aggressively, his speed and power are back.
"I'm very happy, very happy to have hit the ball as well as I did, the feel of my putter, generally shaping the shots and just trying to put together a round," he said. "As I told you at the beginning of the week, I have not had a scorecard in my hand for a long time, so overall, I am very happy with what is happening this week, there were a lot of questions I had, I'm sure you have had, and I feel like I've had a good side this week. "
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