sport news Tiger Woods shows he can mix it with the elite

When Tiger Woods said on the eve of his comeback he hoped to show the current elite what all the fuss was about in his prime, did anyone in their right mind think he would give them a glimpse this weekend?

It is barely possible to comprehend what we are seeing in the Bahamas, where he is putting the hero into the Hero World Challenge. 

As if a 69 for openers was not startling enough, what happened over the front nine on Friday was truly astonishing.

Tiger Woods has made an astonishing comeback at the Hero World Challenge

Tiger Woods has made an astonishing comeback at the Hero World Challenge

Until Thursday the former world No 1 had not played competitively for 301 days

Until Thursday the former world No 1 had not played competitively for 301 days

Let us remind ourselves that the 18-man field contains eight members of the world top 10, including the top three Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas.

And yet after 27 holes they were all looking up at the man ranked 1,199th who, until Thursday, had not played competitively for 301 days.

You would like to say his driving was as good as it was in his prime — except, for two days, it has been better. 

The swing speed is where it needs to be to take on the

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