The Hero World Challenge had its own hero, in the form of Tiger Woods, sitting on top of the leaderboard, just for a while. We all believed at that point that it could happen, he could win again. J.B. Holmes then came along, -8 under 64 to claim top spot for himself.
J.B. carded -8 under 64 to lead the 18 man field in the Hero World Challenge, tournament host was Tiger Woods, at Albany Golf Club in the Bahamas.
J.B. said he was putting well;
“It was a great day for me, putted well, hit my irons well and my driver well.”
“Pretty much all around a solid day. Also got a score out of it, so it was a lot of fun.”
“It’s a smaller field, so your odds of winning are automatically better.”
“It’s just a good time of year to have some fun and be competitive, but not beat yourself up too bad.”
Hideki Matsuyama is in second place at -7 under par, he had an opening round 65.
In third is Dustin Johnson, a first round -6 under 66 giving him that place on his own.
Tiger finished down in 17th place, out of the 18 man field, with a +1 over par 73 for his first competitive game for quite a while, he said he had made some silly mistakes;
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“I just made some mistakes.”
“I tried to hug that left side on 9, tried to get it down that corner and it just stayed up in the bush there, made a mistake.”
“Tugged it up the left side on 11. Tried to hit one really hard and made a mistake there, put it in another bush on my lay up.”
“I just made some really, if you look at it, some really silly mistakes, mistakes I don’t normally make, but I haven’t played in a while.”
“Unfortunately, I made those mistakes, I can clean that up. We’ve got three more days. Wind’s supposed to pump on the weekend and I’ll be playing a little bit better.”