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Jupiter Island Resident Tiger Woods Returns to Competitive Golf

Posted by Dan Hauser on Monday, December 8th, 2014 at 9:59am.

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Tiger Woods finished in a tie for last place in his return to competitive golf after a four month absence but found plenty of reasons to be optomistic heading into 2015.

For starters, Woods was able to tee it up for the first time since the PGA Championship in August and play four consecutive rounds. You have to go all the way back to the Open Championship in July to find the last time he played all four rounds in a golf tournament.

In addition, he had four days worth of opportunites to work on his swing changes in compeition that he had made since parting ways with Sean Foley and bringing on consultant Chris Como.

"I made some progress," Woods said. "I hadn't played in four months and I'm in absolutely no pain, which is nice. To be able to go all out on some of these drives like I did this week really enforces what I'm doing is the right thing for my body."

The most imporant thing though, is that Woods had no setbacks in his surgically repaired back. Many people thought that when he made his first return in June at the Quickens Loans National, another one of his foundations' events, that it was too soon after having major back surgery.
 
This time around though there were no such questions.
 
"I hadn't played in four months," Woods said. "To come out here and not play in any kind of pain is great progress, and to be able to hit the ball as hard as I want really without flinching."
 
Woods certainly didn't get off to the start he would have liked on Thursday. He hit his opening tee shot out of the tournament out of bounds and had trouble all day near the green on the way to an opening 77 but he settled in from there.
 
Playing Friday and Saturday under the weather and with what could only be described as flue-like symptoms, Woods went out and shot rounds of 70 and 69 before finishing up Sunday with a final round 72.
 
That goes down as a week of even par golf and a tie for 17th. However, it was four rounds of pain-free golf and for Tiger, that goes down as a win.

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