Woods bounces back at Honda Classic

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Tiger Woods makes his return to the course for the first time in four years. But at the Honda, he's more reasonably handicapped than he's been since he started his comeback. There are those who will tell you that this was little more than an exhibition event and while it is true that there was only a field of 18 players, every single one of them was there to win.

And indeed it was, even if the stats don't jump off the page. Knox has two top-10 finishes this season and is ninth in greens in regulation percentage.

An emotional Bubba Watson, after sinking an eight-foot par putt on the 72nd hole to secure his first victory in two years, collapsed into the arms of his long-time caddie.

European Tour: Eddie Pepperell, Gregory Havret, and Aaron Rai made the most of calm early morning conditions at Doha Golf Club to set the pace in the opening round of the Qatar Masters at 7-under 65.

Justin Thomas has curious course form of MC-3-MC but the middle one shows that he can tame this track and the US PGA champ has to rank as a big threat after showing some good signs when T9 at Riviera on Sunday. "I felt like I hit the ball really well, and it was tough out there". Hits sand wedge for 99-yard second shot and knocks it to six feet, six inches right of the flagstick. I had to work the golf ball both ways and occasionally downwind, straight up in the air.

In Doha, and it is look a very even field and that makes a victor hard for sure, but I fancy one of the Scots to go well like Richie Ramsay or Stephen Gallacher.

Offaly golfer Shane Lowry will be hoping for better fortune as he tees off at the Honda Classic on Thursday on the PGA Tour in Florida. Woods gets set over the birdie try and charges the putt well past the hole.

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But maybe this was just what he needed. "And then hopefully you hit it on the green between them".

With eight holes remaining in his second round at the Genesis Open, Tiger Woods sat inside the eventual cut line of 2 over par, having managed to nearly balance 4 bogeys with 3 birdies to stand at 1 over par. He left his shot out of the bunker short into the fringe. Bogey drops him back to -1 and out of the lead.

QUOTES: Wang is looking forward to trying to defend his title in Doha and said: "It feels really good to be the defending champion".

To illustrate just how much Woods' game has evolved in seven rounds, consider this perspective from Brandt Snedeker. More recently, he played with Woods on Saturday at Torrey Pines. I'm so happy I'm not in pain any more.

Woods has not said his schedule beyond this week.

The antics there are legendary, with fans often dressed in outlandish costumes, drinking nonstop and wagering on everything from the next shot to which caddy will reach the green first.

Now he gets to play PGA National for a second time and there was much encouragement to be taken on his debut previous year.

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