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Watch Tiger Woods begin his latest comeback by absolutely crushing his opening tee shot

November 30, 2023

It took one swing for Tiger Woods to show golf fans what's still possible.

The 15-time major champ returned after a seven-month absence and piped his opening tee shot right down the middle on Thursday at the Hero World Challenge. Have a look at the drive that went 326 yards:

For reference, Woods' blast was the longest of the day with just a couple groups remaining to tee off. And playing partner Justin Thomas blew his so far right he had to take an unplayable penalty. Yes, it's a limited field, but 326 down the middle after a long layoff for a man turning 48 next month isn't too shabby. So you can forgive Golf Twitter—and even Brandel Chamblee—for getting excited about it.

"These swings look so much better that even a couple days ago," the Golf Channel analyst said. "It's extraordinary."

Woods would par his first two holes before birdieing the par-5 third after another booming tee shot. He made the turn in even par, but struggled on the back nine with three bogeys and a double bogey, eventually posting a three-over 75.

Woods hasn't played since withdrawing midway through the third round of the Masters in April. Shortly after that, he underwent subtalar fusion surgery on his right ankle.

This marks the third time Woods has returned from injury at the Bahamas event that he hosts. Woods has also committed to play with his son, Charlie, at next month's PNC Championship for a fourth consecutive year.