#Tiger Woods took a good first step to start the long road back to the top of the golfing world during his comeback performance this past week at his #Hero World Challenge tournament in the Bahamas. Woods, the holder of 14 major PGA Tour victories and 79 wins overall all-time, showed flashes of the brilliance he has thrilled fans with in the past while also lapsing into frequently hitting clank-job shots that weekend warriors are more familiar with.

Woods’ performance overall on the Albany Golf Course certainly settled on the positive side as he carded pain-free rounds of 73, 65, 70 and 76 to finish 15th in his first competitive event in 466 days.

The result in the easygoing atmosphere against several of the top players on tour is a nice launching point for his comeback from three back surgeries that sidelined him since a T10 finish in the 2015 Wyndham Championship. The former No. 1 ranked player in the world’s mixed bag of ball striking put him in a tie with tournament winner Hideki Matsuyama of Japan for most birdies (24) in the event and had him at the head of the 18-player field in double bogeys with six.

Jack Nicklaus' 18 major championships

What it will all come down to for Woods, who says he still believes he can match and then overtake Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 major championship triumphs, is if his new swing motion that puts less strain on his back carry him to the winner’s circle in the Masters, U.S.

Open, British Open or PGA Championship four more times minimum as he prepares for the 2017 portion of the PGA Tour’s wraparound campaign.

Matsuyama won the Hero World Challenge and the $1 million US first-place prize money by two shots over Henrik Stenson of Sweden, who is the reigning British Open Champion, on the par-72, 7,302-yard Albany Golf Course.

Third place was a three-way tie at 13-under that included Americans Matt Kuchar, Rickie Fowler and U.S. Open champion Dustin Johnson. They were one shot better than T6 finishers and fellow Americans Jordan Spieth, Brandt Snedeker and last-year’s winner Bubba Watson who all posted 11-under 277 scores.

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