Hank Haney: I see Tiger winning more tournaments and at least one more major

 

The long awaited return of Tiger Woods to competitive golf finally came today at the Hero World Challenge.  How fitting, because it seemed as if the whole world was watching.

After being away from golf for 16 months, many doubted he would ever return, let alone be competitive. Woods answered those doubters in a big way today at Albany, Bahamas.

Woods was 4-under par and tied for the lead thru eight holes, then bogeyed the ninth for a 3-under 33 on the front nine.

The second nine was a different story with bogey at 11, birdie at 15, then double bogeys at 16 and 18 for a second nine holes of 40 and a total 73. He finished 17th out of the 18 player field.

Woods was smiling when coming off the eighteenth green, but seemed fatiqued and a bit winded, so one can speculate that the back nine was a case of not being in “course shape” after a 16 month layoff.

Woods had said earlier this week, his caddie, 30 year veteran Joey Lacava had advised him to quit riding in a cart and start walking during his practice rounds at home.

Woods former Coach, Hank Haney, who led Tiger to six major victories seemed to agree, tweeting below……

 

Regardless of his finish, Woods show no major weaknesses in his game today, just a bit of “rust” from a long time away from competition. In fact his score did not reflect  how well he played, as Haney points out……

 

Haney went so far to predict more victories based on Woods performance today…

It may of only been eighteen holes today, but it was a very impressive if not amazing performance considering two back surgeries last year and Woods in such pain he could not get out of bed.  Tiger has come a long way.

Today was fun as we got to see glimpses of a younger and healthier Tiger.

With three more rounds left, and Tiger Woods playing, anything can happen by Sunday,

 

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