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Tiger Woods bounced back from
his opening day doom at the Hero
World Challenge as he fired a two-
under-par 70 yesterday.
The 38-year-old is making his
comeback this week after four
months out through injury and had
a nightmare first round as he sunk
to the bottom of the leaderboard
after an opening 77.
That round will almost certainly
have ended any chance the 14-time
major winner had of winning the
tournament he annually hosts which
benefits his foundation, but only a
double-bogey on the last stopped
him from dipping into the 60s.
Woods opened with a birdie but
gave that shot back on eight before
an eagle on the par-five 13th
brought his round to life.
A birdie followed on 14 and
another on 16 had Woods four
under for the day but a rain delay
of around 90 minutes after he came
off 17 halted his momentum and a
flat finish on the last meant he was
three-over for the tournament.
Despite taking seven shots less
than he did in his opening round,
Woods did not feel that his play
was markedly better yesterday.
"It wasn t a whole lot different,"
he said. "I maybe hit two less worse
shots than I did yesterday, but it
really wasn t that much different."
Woods has spent a lot of time
away from the game in recent years
and admits it is not always easy to
get back into his rhythm.
"Sometimes it takes me a few
holes, sometimes it can only take
me a shot to feel like I m back into
tournament mode," he added.
"It all depends on my prepara-
tion, but also it depends on my
Woods was still propping up the
leaderboard, but at the other end
Jordan Spieth had opened up a two-
shot lead over Henrik Stenson.
The weather delay meant that
the later starters were playing in
almost total darkness and Spieth
was five under for his round and 11
under for the tournament when he
picked up his ball on 18 and he will
return to finish on Saturday morn-
The 21-year-old reached the turn
level after two birdies and a double
bogey but he picked up shots on
10, 12,13, 14 and 16 to overhaul Sten-
"If I did it over again, I may have
stopped playing on 17," he said. "But
I thought we may be able to get it
"With a tricky lie down there
into the green it s just a good idea
to hit that pitch tomorrow."
Stenson finished with a 68 and
would have been alongside Spieth
were it not for bogeys on 15 and 16
which dropped him into second
after six birdies in his first 13 holes.
Patrick Reed was a further shot
back after registering the low round
of the day with a 63 and he admit-
ted that, after reaching the turn in
29, his mind wandered to going
"After I birdied 10 it kind of got
in my mind, but I thought it for
about hole 11 and 12 and after that
I was like, you just need to get back
and play golf ."
Justin Rose was also on eight
under courtesy of a 64 which saw
him birdie nine of his last 13 holes
after dropping over par for the day
with a double bogey on five.
Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler and
Jimmy Walker were a further shot
back with Jason Day, Keegan
Bradley, Chris Kirk and Zach John-
son all on six under.
Steve Stricker was the only other
player alongside Spieth who did not
finish their round and he will return
to the 18th green this morning.
Woods bounces back
SUN CITY---A charging baboon
nearly ran into Luke Donald yes- terday at the Nedbank Golf Chal-
lenge in South Africa.
The Englishman managed to
get himself out of the way, how-
...Spieth stays in lead
Luke Donald shoots 63, takes lead in Sun City
ever, and also managed to shoot a 9-
under 63 to take a two-stroke lead
after the second round of the European
Tour s season-opening tournament.
With seven birdies on the first 10
holes, the former top-ranked player
was one shot off Lee Westwood s
course record at the Gary Player Coun-
try Club, giving himself a chance of
a memorable end to a pretty average
and so far winless 2014.
The only time Donald panicked on
the course nestled in the wilderness
of northern South Africa was when a
large baboon came running toward
him as he made his way to his ball.
Donald was warned by playing partner
Shane Lowry, quickly dodged out of
the way and the baboon kept going.
"He didn t really pay any attention
a fright when Shane said, Watch out!
They are big and strong and you
wouldn t want to mess with them,
that s for sure," Donald said. "So I got
well out of the way. (I) jumped pretty
Donald s round was four strokes
better than anyone else and put him
at 10-under 134 overall. He leads Ross
Fisher (70) by two strokes, with
Alexander Levy (70) a further two
shots back at 6 under.
"I felt very in control," said Donald,
who last won in November 2013 and
last claimed a title on the European
Tour more than two years ago. "It s
been a while since I felt like that."
Donald found some of the form with
his putter that has been missing since
he became the first player to top the
end-of-season money lists in both the
United States and Europe in 2011. He
made nine birdies and no bogeys.
South Africa s top tournament
stopped midway through the round
for a moment s silence on the anniver-
sary of the death of Nelson Mandela,
the country s former president and
Nobel Peace Prize winner.
Players removed their caps and
bowed their heads after a horn sound-
ed across the course for the tribute.
Brendon Todd of the United States
was another big mover with a 4-under
68 to tie for sixth. Tommy Fleetwood
moved into a tie for sixth with his 67,
the best round after Donald.
Behind Fisher and Levy, Danny Wil-
lett is fourth at 5 under and Marcel
Siem is 4 under. Fleetwood, Todd,
Thongchai Jaidee, Charl Schwartzel
and Tim Clark are part of the tie for
Westwood, a two-time Nedbank
Challenge champion, improved on his
opening 72 with a 2-under 70, while
US Open champion Martin Kaymer,
off a busy 2014 schedule, slipped down
to a tie for 24th in the 30-man field
with a 3-over 75.
There is no cut at the invitational
tournament, which has a $1.25 million
winner s check and is the first event
on the 2015 European Order of Merit
Jordan Spieth tees off on the 18th hole as dusk falls on the course during the second round of the Hero World
Challenge golf tournament yesterday, in Windermere, Florida. Spieth and Zach Johnson did not finish the 18th hole
because of darkness. AP PHOTO
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