Tiger Woods got off to a fast start and briefly held the outright lead in the second round of the Hero World Challenge on Friday before finishing with a four-under-par 68, tied for fifth, as his comeback continued in the Bahamas. It was the second time in his eight years on tour that he won multiple times around the world.
Woods unleashed some huge drives - one in particular setting up an eagle - and was far more assured on the greens in improved conditions after enduring a torrid third round.
In his traditional Sunday red shirt and black trousers, Woods added a 4-under 68 to his opening rounds of 69-68-75 to finish at 8 under for the tournament and sits mid-field in the 18-man event at Albany.
Hoffman countered two bogeys and a double-bogey with six birdies in a two-under 70 and a 14-under total of 202.
But he kept battling away and finally started getting some joy from his putting, to finish with two birdies on the par-four 14th and par-three 17th holes to claw back two shots. He added three birdies on the back nine but closed poorly, with bogeys on the final two holes, the last one the result of a three-putt from 15 feet.
But it was overnight leader Charley Hoffman who suffered the most as his five-shot advantage and his hopes of victory disappeared with a round of 72. "At that time I've already played four par-fives and nothing happened".
"I really didn't feel like I was that far off, that's the insane part", he said.
"Tiger is wonderful for the game, and I am like many fans who are delighted to see him playing again", Nicklaus said.