The Hero World Challenge 2016 live stream online and televised coverage will continue from Friday through the weekend, as professional golfer Tiger Woods resumes his comeback. Woods has been away from his sport for months, but now is finally back for this latest tournament in the Bahamas. He joined 17 other contenders including Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler, and Dustin Johnson in this four-day event. After Thursday’s first round of action, how did Woods fare in the leaderboard results?
As reported by the website for the PGA on Thursday, American golfer J.B. Holmes is the leader at the Hero World Challenge after the opening round. Holmes finished with an 8-under 64 in Thursday’s first day of action in Nassau, Bahamas. While Holmes ended up with the top spot, it looked early on like another guy by the name of Tiger might officially be back in business. Woods, who hadn’t competed in 466 days, had three-straight birdies and an early tie for the lead in the tournament.
Several mistakes later, Woods found himself sitting at No. 17 on the leaderboard with a total score of 73. The only player trailing him as of this report was Justin Rose at a total score of 74. However, this is one of his first appearances in a tournament in some time, as he is working his way back towards the prominence he once had in the sport.
Woods, a winner of 14 career majors, still seemed pleased with his return performance despite the issues that plagued him on the first day.
“It could have been something really good. I got off to a nice, solid start and made a few mistakes there. I didn’t play the par 5s very well in the middle part of the round and consequently, got it going the wrong way…. But all in all, I feel pretty good. I’m looking forward to another three more days.”
Tiger has been away from any PGA action since back surgery he had in September of 2015. That forced him out of the 2016 Masters Tournament in March of this year, and he missed all four majors in a year for the first time during his All-Star golf career. Now he’s back at it, at the age of 40.
His comeback attempts have been compared to those of a basketball-starved Michael Jordan. After MJ retired from the Chicago Bulls, he eventually found himself needing to return to play the sport he loved for another shot at showing his greatness. Woods seems to have similar motivation as he’s taking on some of the new best players in the game since he’s been sidelined. Among them are U.S. Open Champion Dustin Johnson, PGA Champion Jimmy Walker, and Champion Golfer of the Year Henrik Stenson.
However, Tiger still appears focused on an attempt to show he’s capable of putting on a performance to captivate the sports world. As USA Today mentioned in their report ahead of this tournament, he said he plans to try to win the event in his first action back in over a year.
“I know that’s a tall order since I’ve been away from the game for so long and I’ve made a lot of different changes in my game, but the mindset’s still the same. That is to go out there and try to beat these guys.”
While Tiger was right there with J.B. Holmes at the start of the Hero World Challenge 2016 event, he’s now near the bottom of the field. Meanwhile, trailing Holmes on the leaderboard is Hideki Matsuyama with a 7-under 65, and Dustin Johnson at 6-under 66. Henrik Stenson, Matt Kuchar, and Louis Oosthuizen are tied for fourth place at 5-under 67 heading into Friday’s second round action. The 2015 FedEx Cup winner, Jordan Spieth, is currently tied for seventh place with Rickie Fowler. Both players have a four-under 68 score ahead of the next round.
Friday’s second day of the World Hero Challenge 2016 will resume on the Golf Channel with coverage starting at 1 p.m. ET until 4:30 p.m. ET, and additional highlights coverage between 5 p.m. ET and 8:30 p.m. ET. Televised action will continue on Saturday and Sunday on NBC, as well as the Golf Channel. There will be additional coverage on Monday, December 6, from 1 p.m. ET through 6 p.m. ET.
To watch the World Hero Challenge 2016 live streaming online, cable and satellite viewers will need to have access to Golf Live Extra. The website and compatible apps are able to be used by cable or satellite customers with Golf Channel or NBC as part of their provider package. More details are available from the Golf Channel website.
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