Woods finishes strong with final-round 68 at Hero

NASSAU BAHAMAS- DECEMBER 03 Tiger Woods of the United States walks off the 18th hole during the final round of the Hero World Challenge at Albany Bahamas

The troubles for Woods started early yesterday morning as he took bogeys at the first and third holes before further miscues at six and seven saw him post a four-over 40 for the front nine.

"The shot that really threw me for a loop was the shot at three", Woods said.

American Jordan Spieth and England's Justin Rose were tied for second five shots back, Rose after a one-under 71 and Spieth with an even par 72.

He reeled off three more birdies after a double bogey at 10, but dropped another shot at 17 following an errant tee shot and ended a promising return in disappointing fashion with a three-putt bogey at the last. He looks to battle back into contention in the fourth round.

After rolling in his putt at No. 14, Woods doffed his cap and gave fans a little bow.

"I've got to keep fighting and that is one thing I have always done in my entire career".

He played the five par-five holes in four under on Friday, but was two over on Saturday.

Woods shot a 76 in the final round previous year, which left a bitter taste even after a showing in which he led the field in birdies. The third-round scoring average was 72.88 - more than three strokes higher than in the opening two rounds.

The 14-time major champion will turn 42 on December 30 and his likely schedule is yet to be confirmed, however, there were enough positives from the four rounds to suggest Woods can be a regular contender again. "It feels good", he said.

"I've missed the fight and getting out there and competing, fighting against the golf course and the guys".

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