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The major story this week was Tiger Woods' latest return to golf. And, to make matters even better, for the first time in nearly exactly a year, Tiger Woods. world ranking went up!

Rickie Fowler closed with a blistering 61 to finish at 18-under 270 for the weekend to claim the Hero World Challenge title.

Third-round leader Hoffman (72) once again failed to convert his 54-hole lead into a win and finished four behind Fowler.

The ever secretive Woods has revealed few specifics of his back operations or his rehabilitation, but his most recent spinal fusion surgery seems to have been successful, judging by his movement and swing patterns.

Woods struggled on Saturday after leading for a short time during the second round of his first competitive event for 10 months, but his swagger was back in the Bahamas on Sunday.


Woods, the former longtime world No. 1 and 14-time major champion, had not officially logged four competitive rounds since the Wyndham Championship on August 20-23, 2015.

"I knew I was going to be able to play all four rounds, that wasn't going to be an issue", said Woods, who also missed all of the 2015-16 season with back trouble. ". I hit just a boatload of good putts".

Click on the video above to see Fowler's seven straight birdies! . England's Tommy Fleetwood (276), world No. 2 Jordan Spieth (276) and world No. 5 Hideki Matsuyama of Japan (277), Patrick Reed (277) and Olympic champion and world No. 6 Justin Rose of England (277) rounded out the top five. "Not quite hitting it as far, but I had the adrenaline going and overall, I'm very pleased".

"That took a little bit of time", added Woods, who finished the week with rounds of 69, 68, 75 and 68. Woods beat current World No. 1 Dustin Johnson by eight shots.


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