FORMER world No.1 Tiger Woods has shown some encouraging sings in his return from injury after 10 months out of the game.
In an 18-man field including eight of the world's top 10, Woods fired an opening three-under-par 69, including five birdies, to be tied eighth and only three shots off the lead in the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas.
"For me I thought I did great,” Woods told the Golf Channel. "I hadn't played in a while after some of the difficulties I've been through.
"To come out here and score like I did, that was nice. It was fun to get out there and actually be part of a scorecard again.”
It is the latest in a string of comebacks for world No.1199 Woods, who had spinal fusion surgery in April - his fourth back operation in three years.
His most recent tournament was in February in Dubai, where he fired an opening 77 before withdrawing.
European No.1 Tommy Fleetwood leads the Challenge after a flawless 66 that included six birdies.
He has a one-shot lead over Rickie Fowler and Matt Kuchar, with Justin Rose, Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson and Kevin Chappell on four under.