Fowler finishes in style but Woods' challenge fades

Tiger Woods finished in joint-ninth place at the Hero World Challenge

The future looks bright for Tiger Woods after the 79-time PGA TOUR victor successfully negotiated all four rounds at the Hero World Challenge in his long-awaited comeback from back surgery.

However, a double bogey at the 10th and dropped shots at the final two holes left him on eight under for the tournament on his comeback from injury.

Tournament host Woods made three birdies on the front nine and there were huge cheers when he holed a tricky putt for an eagle two at the 350-yard par-four seventh, set up by a mammoth tee shot which ended up beyond the pin.

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.

Jordan Spieth (72) and England's Justin Rose (71) were tied for second at nine-under 207, one stroke ahead of Italy's Francesco Molinari (71).

A four-under final round of 68 from Tiger Woods at the Hero World Challenge has him bullish about the future including a shot at the majors. "It took me 14 holes to make a birdie".

"You've got to keep fighting, and that's one of things I've always done in my entire career is just keep fighting and try to post the best number I possibly could", Woods added.

"It feels good to be out here fighting again", he said.

"The shot that really threw me for a loop was the shot at three", Woods said.

Count Jack Nicklaus among the millions of people pleased to see Tiger Woods return to competitive golf. "I've missed doing this".