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Tiger Woods signs for 76 in fianl round

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12-05-2016 12:57 BJT

We head to the golf course to check in on Tiger Woods and the final round of his latest comeback, the PGA Tour's Hero World Challenge. The 14-time major winner began the last 18 holes in the Bahamas in the middle of the standings, and looked to close strong in his return from the back surgery he underwent 15 months ago. And at the top of the leaderboard, Japan's Hideki Matsuyama was seeking to wrap up his third straight tournament victory.

Tiger comes out looking to birdie the first hole for the third straight day, but the ball would stop just short of the cup. Some of the rust from the former World Number One's long layoff showing on the opening green, but he goes on to make five birdies in the round.

The 40-year-old's approach finds the bunker at 15, but his third shot comes close to holing out. That would have been an eagle, but Woods settles for a bird instead.

The host of this event tries to wrap up with a long bogey putt at the 18th hole, but misses the cup by just a few centimeters. Tiger signs for a 76, and finishes 15th out of 17 golfers at four-under-par.

"I thought I made some good, positive things happen this week, making a lot of birdies but also made a lot of mistakes. Those, most of those mistakes, I can clean up. I know they're silly mistakes, missing the ball on the wrong side, letting the wind take it. You know, just not being committed on a couple shots, you know, just things that I don't normally do that I did, and that's something that I know I can clean up," Woods said.

MATSUYAMA (-18) WINS THIRD STRAIGHT EVENT

And in the battle at the top of the leaderboard, Dustin Johnson's third shot at six nearly rolls in for an eagle. The US Open champ birdies instead, and would finish tied for third, at minus-13.

This is Open Championship winner Henrik Stenson at the same hole. The Swede also flirting with an eagle, as his ball sucks back and just misses the cup. He would tweet to keep up the pressure on Matsuyama.

And when the Japanese takes his third shot from the sand at 10, the ball sails into the bunker on the other side. That is not what he wanted to do, as he would end up with a double bogey.

Jordan Spieth tries to take advantage and make a late push. His chip from the hill at 15 just creeps in for an eagle. The World Number Five would finish with a share of sixth place, at 11-under-par.

Stenson continues his charge from the fairway at 16. The Swede's approach is right on target and it's going to come down just a few feet from the cup, setting up his third birdie of the session. He would end up taking second at minus-16.

That's because Matsuyama putts out on the 18th green to win his third straight tournament, and fourth out of five. The Japanese edging Stenson by two strokes, for the 12th victory of his career.

Matsuyama finished at 18-under-par. The trio of Rickie Fowler, Matt Kuchar, and DJ tied for third at minus-13. Two-time Masters champ Bubba Watson, Spieth, and former FedEx Cup winner Brandt Snedeker shared sixth at 11-under.

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