After birdies at 11, 13 and 15, he was eyeing golf's magic number of 59.
Rickie Fowler closed with a blistering 61 to finish at 18-under 270 for the weekend to claim the Hero World Challenge title.
Woods underwent a fourth back surgery last April and made headlines when he was arrested near his Jupiter, Fla. home for driving under the influence.
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Patrick and Stanley were held overnight at the Barrow County detention center in Winder, Georgia. "It was a mistake". Two years ago, Patrick was arrested on misdemeanor marijuana charges and suspended one game.
Woods struggled on Saturday after leading for a short time during the second round of his first competitive event for 10 months, but his swagger was back in the Bahamas on Sunday. Fowler, ranked No. 9 in the world, had trailed 54-hole leader Charley Hoffman by seven strokes entering the day. Jordan Spieth and Tommy Fleetwood, who is getting married on the course Tuesday, finished tied for third at 12 under.
Even more positively, his swing seemed more powerful and reminiscent of the old Tiger on Sunday than it did on Thursday, suggesting he was not disguising any pain or function issues. "I showed some good signs", he said, adding that they pointed toward "a bright future". Woods, who stated post-round that he was happiest about his driving this week, played his final 45 holes in level-par.
That was just one of the shots that delighted an enthusiastic gallery following the 14-time major champion that included Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal.
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The second song that they sang even got Simon Cowell endorsing them and encouraging people to ring up and vote for them. It was between boy group Rak Su and singer Grace Davies , who spent the night fighting for the votes of the public.
"If he continues along this way, the one thing I learned from my 10 years with Tiger is never say never with Tiger Woods".
"The issue was how my scoring was going to be, how was my feel?"
"Overall I think we should all be very impressed".
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James Levine is now set to conduct a revival of "Il Trovatore", and a new production of " Tosca " at the Metropolitan Opera . He told police that he visited Levine on multiple occasions at a nearby hotel, where Levine asked him to remove his clothes.
He finished equal ninth out of 18 competitors on Sunday, 10 shots behind victor Rickie Fowler, his best result in four years and certainly most respectable for a man who had not played a competitive round for 10 months.