Woods confirms comeback with second round 68

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This time it was Donovan Bailey, the former 100m world champion, and Niall Horan, the One Direction crooner, expressing their feverish enthusiasm.

Tiger Woods' latest comeback attempt continues at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas. But it boasts the best and the best do not appreciate losing. He also played the five par-5 holes in 1-over for the day.

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Though Woods' torrid play cooled off on the back-nine - he carded one birdie and two bogeys, including a sloppy one on the final hole - he remains very much in title contention, as part of a bunched leaderboard in the 18-player field. And all the while, he was driving it in the style one of the celebrated young generation - long, straight.

"I hadn't played in a while after some of the difficulties I've been through".

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Woods faltered a little on the back nine after an outward nine of 31 had him contending for the lead but there is little doubting his readiness for more tournament golf in early 2018 and that golf is ready for him. The Masters, which Woods last won 12 years ago, are in April.

Well, he is Tiger Woods. He outdrove his playing partner, this year's PGA Championship victor Justin Thomas, more often than not, capped an 18-yard putt to save par on No. 9 with a fist pump and finished just three shots out of the lead.

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On the back nine, he picked up three more birdies before a bogey on the 15th pegged him back again. A few more pars followed as Woods was all business - nearly expressionless and clearly enjoying his return after 10 months - before providing a peek into his famous fist-pump on the par-3 eighth. "I was playing with Justin and he's never played with Tiger. They were dry, they were rolling out and I air-mailed a few of them well past the hole but I really did struggle with my speed".

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