Tiger Woods finishes second round of Challenge four shots off lead

Hero World Challenge- Round Two

Woods was five shots adrift of Hoffman at the halfway mark and declared he was "still in it" in his first competitive tournament for 10 months after recovering from a fourth back operation.

Hoffman was level par through eight on 12 under, leading Tommy Fleetwood by just one shot.

This moved Woods to 6 under as he entered the back nine and after making par on the 10th, he birdied the 11th which moved him to six under and also put him to the top of the leaderboard. However, those odds were quickly trimmed as he got off to an encouraging start.

Three more pars followed before Woods holed from
25 feet for birdie on the eighth, although another duffed chip on the par-5 ninth led to a first bogey of the day after reaching the edge of the green in two.

Tiger Woods finishes second round of Challenge four shots off lead

Only in the closing five holes where Woods twice had birdies and narrowly missed a third at the last, did the 41-year-old show he could again be a factor. In previous returns, Woods could be seen holding back or showing signs of pain.

That was cancelled out by a bogey on nine, but further birdies on 10, 13 and 14 thrust him into contention before a wild tee shot on 15 led to a second bogey of the day.

"Those are the internal struggles I haven't been through in a while". "I've been playing a lot of holes at home but it's different when you are in a tournament". World
No 1 Dustin Johnson and Open champion Jordan Spieth are two behind along with Justin Rose and Kevin Chappell.

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