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Woods’ return overshadows Matsuyama win

Hideki Matsuyama emerged victorious at the 2016 Hero World Challenge but his two-shot victory over Henrik Stenson was only the second-biggest storyline at the event in Nassau, Bahamas.

Rating as the top feat was the fact Tiger Woods played a 72-hole tournament for the first time in 16 months.

Woods didn’t come close to winning — he finished 15th at 4-under-par 284 on the Albany Resort course — but if felt like a huge dose of progress for the 40-year-old coming off two major back surgeries.

“It feels good to be back out here playing again, competing and trying to beat the best players in the world,” Woods said afterward. “I missed it. I love it. I’ve been doing it for a very long time, and this stretch where I’ve been off for almost a year and a half has been rough, and the last few years have been rough.

“I’ve had some very, very difficult times and have some great friends that have helped me over the times to get me to this point, and I’m just so thankful to be back here playing again.”

Woods’ Sunday round was his worst of the four days. He shot 4-over 76 two days after posting a dazzling 65.

Woods was all over the course on his final 18. He drained five birdies but chances of moving up the leaderboard were sabotaged by three bogeys and three double bogeys.