Hoffman, at 12 under, leads by three over Jordan Spieth and Tommy Fleetwood with a further shot back to Justin Rose while Woods, Hideki Matsuyama, Francesco Molinari, Rickie Fowler and Matt Kuchar are in a share of 5th at 7 under.
Tiger Woods plays his shot from the 12th tee during the second round of the Hero World Challenge at Albany, Bahamas on December 1, 2017 in Nassau, Bahamas.
The legendary American was three shots adrift of Fleetwood, not due to tee off for his second round until 12.38pm local time, after the first round but was soon alongside the Englishman.
Woods started the day off strong with a birdie on the first hole to move to four-under, two strokes back.
"I didn't know what I could do".
"I struggled all day with speed on the greens".
Fresh from winning the European Tour's Race to Dubai title, Fleetwood - who arrived here only on Tuesday after travelling to six countries in last 10 weeks - came up with a brilliant show in a star-studded field. The front nine, 4 under on the front nine is a good start to the day. "They were a foot faster than yesterday, they were really dry and rolling out". "I have the chance now to play competitive golf again", Woods said afterwards when asked how satisfying his play had been. He made five birdies and two bogies and hit seven of 13 fairways, 11 of 18 greens and had 27 putts.
The back nine, as he admitted himself, was a little disappointing, with just one birdie coming his way at the par five 11th. Today he is paired with Henrik Stenson.