Tiger Woods closes Hero World Challenge with strong round, shoots 68

Tiger Tracker Tiger Woods final round live blog at Hero World			Mike Ehrmann  Getty Images

Tiger Tracker Tiger Woods final round live blog at Hero World Mike Ehrmann Getty Images

We can probably rule out Tiger Woods winning this weekend's Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas.

The 41-year-old, who last played at the Dubai Desert Classic in February, carded a four-under final round of 68 but was powerless to prevent fellow countryman Rickie Fowler from claiming a four-shot win after a stunning 61.

Fowler was looking at a seven-stroke deficit when he began his round on Sunday but seven straight birdies and another at the ninth put him in front at the turn, which he made in eight-under 28.

Overnight leader Charley Hoffman (72) faded to second at 274 with England's Tommy Fleetwood (67) and Jordan Spieth (69) tied for third at 12-under 276.

Woods was 10 strokes back but he had plenty of smiles as he answered the question of how he would do in his first tournament in almost 10 months following spinal fusion surgery.

Hoffman countered two bogeys and a double-bogey with six birdies in a 70 at Albany Golf Club course for a 14-under total of 202.

"Anything I did right ended up in a bad spot, then everything I did wrong, it was really bad", Woods told NBC television. "Nobody was sure how far he'd hit his iron shots, but I think he's done pretty well with that too".

Global sporting icon Woods led for a short time during the second round and offered a demonstration of why he became a golfing great with a huge drive onto the green before holing a tricky putt for an eagle at the 350-yard par-four eighth in his final round Sunday.

"I haven't had a chance yet to see Tiger play and can only go by the results".

"You've got to keep fighting, and that's one of things I've always done in my entire career is just keep fighting and try to post the best number I possibly could", Woods added.

"It feels good to be out here fighting again", he said.

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