World Challenge Golf
Tiger Woods proved he could be competitive again after playing some good golf with a final-round four-under 68 to tie for ninth at the World Challenge in the Bahamas on Sunday.
World No.9 Rickie Fowler birdied his first seven holes and won the elite event by four strokes, thanks to a course record 11-under par 61 that left him at 18-under 270.
Woods was 10 strokes back but played pain free in hitting six birdies and an eagle at the Albany course before two closing bogeys.
He also had a double bogey in the 18-man event that featured eight of the world's top 10.
"I showed some good signs," Woods told NBC after finishing the event at eight-under 280.
"I hit some really good shots out there (and am ready for) a bright future.... and no pain."
That was especially important to the 41-year-old, who once dominated the sport.
"I've had some tough times through the years with my back and then finally to come out on the good side and (be) able to get back out there and play. It's pretty cool," he said.
He also spoke positively about the future.
"When I was struggling with my back, the world seemed very small. Day to day stuff was very difficult for me to do," Woods said.
"Now I am able to sit back and enjoy it a little bit more ... it's been really nice."
He and his team will now sit down to determine how best to build his 2018 schedule for major championships.
"Play enough, but not play too much," Woods said.
"I don't know what golf courses I will be playing, what's the best way to go about it. ...We'll figure it out."
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.
He added three more birdies on the back nine for a sizzling, bogey-free round.
"I knew I needed to get off to a quick start today to at least show (overnight leader) Charley (Hoffman) I was there," Fowler said. "We took care of that and kept it rolling."
Hoffman, who started the day with a five-stroke lead, shot 72 and faded to second at 274.
England's Tommy Fleetwood (67) and Jordan Spieth (69) tied for third at 12-under 276.