"I thought I did great" - Woods on his return to action

Live: Tiger Woods comeback - Hero World Challenge first round

The 41-year-old Woods has preached all week how this comeback feels different because he finally is pain-free, and Thursday's round gave golf fans reason to believe the 14-time major champion has more in him.

"For me, I thought it was great", said Woods, who underwent spinal fuson surgery in April - his fourth back operation in the space of three years - after withdrawing from his most recent tournament in February in Dubai after an opening 77.

Mainly the result of him having just started three events since August 2015, Woods is now ranked 1,199th and began the week a 40-1 outsider in the 18-man field.

Former world number one Woods is now ranked 1,199th and began the week a 40/1 outsider in the 18-man field, in what is not an official PGA Tour event but does carry significant world ranking points.

"I did not know what I could do", admitted Woods.

Making the 10th comeback of his career after an absence of 10 weeks or more, Woods needed a fortunate bounce to keep his opening tee shot on the fairway before pitching to 12 feet and narrowly missing the birdie attempt.

With the exception of the par-5 15th hole, where he pushed it way right resulting in one of two bogeys, it was a promising display off the tee for Woods.

"So once he was given the go, I think it was exciting for him".

If you weren't following along on social media, here are some of Tiger's shots from the first round. I had to dial it back a bit. This round featured five birdies and even included a signature Tiger fist pump (early in the round when he saved par with a putt from just off the green at the par-4 fourth).

Showing no signs of limits in his swing, Woods had two birdies - the first by reaching the 572-yard par-five third hole in two and another at the par-three eighth - before closing with a disappointing bogey on the par-five ninth when he was greenside in two but struggled with his short game.

British Open champion Jordan Spieth says Woods seems "more confident" than he did at this time a year ago, when he launched what proved to be an abortive return from injury.

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