Tiger Woods strong again at Hero World Championship

Tiger Woods' Masters odds just went way down

Woods sits at seven-under, tied fifth as he finished, in the invitational tournament in Nassau, Bahamas.

Woods captivated the golf world by tallying birdies on three of his first four holes and making eagle at the par-5 9th to shoot 5-under 31 on the front nine.

Woods grabbed his second birdie with a stunning 20-foot putt evoking loud applause, that even forced Fowler - playing nearly a hundred yards away - to take notice.

Yet the early signs are wonderful for the 14-time major victor, who is attempting to resurrect a legendary career that has slumped to a world ranking of 1199 thanks to chronic injuries.

Yet even Hoffman's blistering round was overshadowed by Woods, who is returning after his fourth back surgery. "I played nine straight days at home before coming here and that's one of the reasons I did just that".

"I proved that the surgery was successful and that the rehab was fantastic".

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Said Fleetwood on his round, "I played really well, got off to a nice start". He settled for an effortless par, and just like that he was off in the event he has won five times.

Those odds looked somewhat generous after the first round and appeared faintly ridiculous after Woods birdied three of his first four holes on day two and eagled the ninth in spectacular fashion to claim the outright lead.

Woods also birded the 11th after a superb chip from a tight lie right of the green, but three-putted the next to drop his first shot of the day and also three-putted the par-five 15th for par.

On the par-five third his eagle putt from just off the green went just wide but left him with an easy birdie.

Spectators made a beeline as Woods teed off at 12:05 pm local time while fellow players kept asking for regular updates on the 41-year-old's progress.

Five more pars followed but on the 18th Woods' tee-shot found the sand bordering the fairway, forcing him to hack out and leaving him with a hard up and down to save par, which he duly failed.

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