SPORTS

Tiger Woods returns with an impressive game

  • Tiger Woods lines up a putt on the first hole during the first round at the Hero World Challenge golf tournament, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016, in Nassau, Bahamas. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

    Tiger Woods lines up a putt on the first hole during the first round at the Hero World Challenge golf tournament, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016, in Nassau, Bahamas. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)  (The Associated Press)

  • Tiger Woods stretches before teeing off on the first hole during the first round at the Hero World Challenge golf tournament, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016, in Nassau, Bahamas. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

    Tiger Woods stretches before teeing off on the first hole during the first round at the Hero World Challenge golf tournament, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016, in Nassau, Bahamas. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)  (The Associated Press)

  • Tiger Woods watches his tee shot on the third hole during the first round at the Hero World Challenge golf tournament, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016, in Nassau, Bahamas. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

    Tiger Woods watches his tee shot on the third hole during the first round at the Hero World Challenge golf tournament, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016, in Nassau, Bahamas. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)  (The Associated Press)

Tiger Woods sure didn't look as though he hasn't competed in 15 months.

Coming back from two back surgeries and the longest break from golf in his career, Woods missed only one green and ran off three straight birdies Thursday in the Hero World Challenge. He ended the front nine with his lone bogey and made the turn at 3-under par.

He was tied for fourth midway through the round against an 18-man field at Albany Golf Club.

Curiosity was greater than expectations for Woods, who has been plagued by injuries until he finally shut it down. This is his first competition since Aug. 23, 2015, when he tied for 10th in the Wyndham Championship.

He looked like anyone in the field, hitting big drives and plenty of tight irons.