News & ToursDecember 4, 2014

Tiger Woods' latest comeback gets off to about the most disastrous start imaginable

Tiger Woods went from being back to being in a back yard with his opening tee shot on Thursday at the Hero World Challenge. Woods pulled a fairway wood out of bounds -- his first competitive shot with new swing coach Chris Como -- and it didn't get much better at Isleworth Golf & Country Club.

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Woods managed to put his second tee shot in play and hit his fourth shot to tap-in range to save bogey, but he followed that up with a bogey on No. 2, a bogey on No. 7, and a double bogey on No. 8. We wonder if the 14-time major winner has ever shot a front-nine 41 before in the hundreds of practice rounds he's played at his former home course where he once shot a 59.


A day after missing just four fairways and two greens in regulation during the pro-am, Woods looked anything but sharp in his first official round since Day 2 of the PGA Championship in August. He hit just one of seven fairways and only three of nine greens to begin Thursday's round.

But it wasn't just Woods' much-tinkered-with swing letting him down. His short game, understandably, was also a bit rusty:

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Woods was in last place in the 18-man field when he made the turn at five over.

UPDATE (4:23 p.m.): Although he managed to chunk several more shots around the green -- including two in a row on on the par-5 13th -- Woods played much better on the back nine. His 36 included one birdie and one bogey and gave him an opening 77. He remains in last place (by four shots) after Day 1, trailing leader Jordan Spieth by 11 shots.

UPDATE (4:32 p.m.): Whether you want to blame rust or new wedges, Woods' short game was inexplicably bad on Thursday. Here are all four of his chunked chips/pitches, courtesy of No Laying Up:

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