Tiger not the Hero in Hero World Challenge but Seems Healed

There seems to be a consensus that Tiger Woods is back after it was his back that almost derailed his career with plenty of time left on the clock.

He seems to have modified his explosive swing to some degree, but he is still putting his drives out there a long way.

Tiger Woods shot a final round 68 in the Hero World Challenge and seemed to show no concern in approach to swinging the clubs from driver through wedge. For the most part, his work with the flat stick looked like it did when he was in his prime and winning everything in sight. 

He had an eagle and six birdies in his final round on the par-72 Albany Golf Club in the Bahamas, so if he had not made some bogies, he could have carded at 65 and it would still not have sufficed to catch winner Rickie Fowler, who closed with a course-record 61, ensuring that he will soon be raking in some side cash with more Farmers Insurance commercials. 

Woods finished tied for ninth with Matt Kuchar and seeing as the Hero World Challenge is a limited field event of 18 players, it might be premature to say Woods is back where he was before personal and health issues led to a spectacular flameout that saw him drop from number one all the way down to 1200th. 

His finish in the Hero World Challenge moves him up to 668th. 

Watch out Dustin Johnson. Watch our Jordan Spieth. Watch out Justin Thomas. Watch out, the lot of you. 

If the prognosis of Woods himself, some of his playing peers and some of the experts can be trusted, a Tiger Woods looking to make up lost ground is far more dangerous than a wounded tiger of the animal kingdom. 

The next few weeks will supply further clarity and if Woods can stay on the prowl until The Masters in April, the golf hierarchy is due for a changing back to the old guard.