Woods ties for 9th as Fowler wins with 61

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After two strong rounds put the former world number one in contention for his first win since 2013, Woods recorded four of his five bogeys in the first seven holes to slip to 10th at four-under 212, 10 strokes behind leader Charley Hoffman.

"Anything I did right ended up in a bad spot, then everything I did wrong, it was really bad", Woods told NBC television.

Woods was 10 strokes back but he had plenty of smiles as he answered the question of how he would do in his first tournament in almost 10 months following spinal fusion surgery. "Not quite hitting it as far, but I had the adrenaline going and overall, I'm very pleased".

Following a flawless front-nine 31, Woods stumbled with a sloppy double-bogey on the 10th hole. "It's pretty cool", he said.

The 14-time major champion will turn 42 on December 30 and his likely schedule is yet to be confirmed, however, there were enough positives from the four rounds to suggest Woods can be a regular contender again. "It's been really nice".

Tournament host Woods made three birdies on the front nine and there were huge cheers when he holed a tricky putt for an eagle two at the 350-yard par-four seventh, set up by a mammoth tee shot which ended up beyond the pin.

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"Play enough, but not play too much", Woods said.

Click on the video above to see Fowler's seven straight birdies! .

"You've got to keep fighting, and that's one of things I've always done in my entire career is just keep fighting and try to post the best number I possibly could", Woods added.

Hoffman, who started the day with a five-stroke lead, shot 72 and faded to second at 274.

Tommy Fleetwood and Jordan Spieth finished in a tie for third place on 12 under.

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