• Woods records 69 in first round of Hero World Challenge
• ‘It was nice to feel the adrenaline,’ says 14-times major winner
More telling than a score of three under par in stiff crosswinds, 27 putts, one f-word, a club smashed into a tee in anger and his return to competitive golf after 301 days was the sentiment Tiger Woods offered in its immediate aftermath.
Gone was the cautious approach displayed by the 14-times major winner in the build-up to the Hero World Challenge. Eighteen holes had loosened Woods’s inhibitions to the point where the competitive animal came roaring back long before he signed for his 69.