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Tiger Woods returns, struggles to 77 at Hero World Challenge

Former world No. 1 and golf legend Tiger Woods returned to the course after an injury caused him to miss the majority of the 2014 PGA TOUR season and struggled en route to shooting a tournament-worst 77 at Isleworth Golf and Country Club in Windermere, Fla. 

There was nothing Woods did right at his home course near his Jupiter, Fla. residence. He hit his opening tee shot out of bounds and made a double bogey on No. 8. The focus from all onlookers was mostly on his full swing and how his body looked as he recovered from injury. However, the short game is what cost him strokes in an uncharacteristic lack of touch around the greens. 

“Today, it was weird,” he said via PGATOUR.com. “I didn’t feel like I hit it that bad. My short game was awful, and I didn’t make anything.”

That’s a recipe for disaster in professional golf, where miscues near the hole can be costly. The most troubling aspect of the entire day, perhaps is that Isleworth is a course he knows extremely well. Woods shot his personal best of 59 at the facility, though the scorecard is nowhere to be found. 

It’s a testament to the state his game is in and how far he must climb in order to even think about winning majors once again. 

Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images

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Michael C. Jones is the managing editor and founder of Sports Out West and a Southern California-based sports journalist. His credits include Yahoo Sports and Bleacher Report, among others.
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