Woods happy after solid return in Bahamas

NASSAU, BAHAMAS - DECEMBER 01: Tiger Woods of the United States walks off of the 18th green after finishing the second round of the Hero World Challenge at Albany, Bahamas on December 1, 2017 in Nassau, Bahamas. Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images/AFP

Former world number one Tiger Woods made a satisfying return in his latest comeback after a 10-month layoff punctuated by back surgery and personal problems.

Woods fired a three-under-par 69 in the opening round of the Hero World Challenge at Albany Golf Club in the Bahamas.

The 41-year-old 14-time major champion carded five birdies and two bogeys in an encouraging first outing since injury forced his withdrawal at the Dubai Desert Classic in February. “I thought I did great,” said Woods, who is three shots back from leader Tommy Fleetwood, who posted a six-under-par 66.

“I hadn’t played in a while after some difficulties, so to come out here and score like I did was nice,” Woods added.

Woods underwent back surgery in April.