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Scottie Scheffler Triumphs in Hero World Challenge As Tiger Woods Finishes 18th

Scottie Scheffler Triumphs in Hero World Challenge As Tiger Woods Finishes 18th
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World no.1 Scottie Scheffler hit a bogey-free four under 68 in the final round to secure a convincing three-shot victory at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas.

The 27-year-old American, who previously finished runner-up in the competition two years running in 2021 and 2022, went one better this year by finishing on 20 under, three shots clear of Austria’s Sepp Straka.

“I just tried to come out and make good swings like I did all week and no bogeys,” said Scheffler. “I felt like when I needed to make some birdies on the back nine I was able to do so.

“I think I just played solid today and kept my distance from the rest of the guys.

“It was the same game plan as always. I was just trying to hit good shots and get as many chances I could for a birdie.

“I was optimistic going into this week.”

15-time major winner Tiger Woods, who appeared in his first professional event since withdrawing mid-round from the 2023 Masters in April, produced a mixed performance on his return.

In the final round, Woods came back from a double bogey on the third to hit five birdies including on the 14th and 15th but in-between also sunk bogeys on the 11th and 16th which prevented the former world no.1 from climbing up the leaderboard. As a result, Woods ended the 20-man tournament in 18th.

“I think I have come a long way from being a bit rusty to playing four rounds,” Woods said. “Just the physicality of playing and competing again, I haven’t done this in a while so it was nice to get out there with the guys and have some fun.

“I just wish I could have played a little cleaner but there is always next time.

“I think if you ask me right now I am a little bit sore.

“Maybe I can get into a rhythm of something like one tournament a month.

“That was the plan going into next year and I don’t see why that would change.”

Woods next appearance on the course will be with his son Charlie at the PNC Championship from 14th December.