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

December 04, 2014

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.

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: