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Tiger Woods tees off from the fourth hole during the final round of the Hero World Challenge golf tournament on Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, in Windermere, Fla. (AP Photo/Willie J. Allen Jr.)

Tiger Woods ties for last but feels healthy in return to action

- Associated Press

Except for flu-like symptoms on Saturday, Woods said he went 72 holes without feeling any pain in his back. He had back surgery a week before the Masters, and then took off the last four months to strengthen his muscle structure.

Tiger Woods covers his face as he waits to putt on the fifth green during the second round of the Hero World Challenge golf tournament on Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, in Windermere, Fla. (AP Photo/Willie J. Allen Jr.)

Tiger Woods’ struggles continue in return to action

- Associated Press

Woods is playing for the first time since Aug. 9 at the PGA Championship. He took nearly four months off to strengthen his muscle structure, and during the time away, he hired a new swing coach. His swing looks fine. His short game does not.

FILE - In this Friday, Aug. 8, 2014 file photo, Tiger Woods winces after tee shot on the sixth hole during the second round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky. The last time Tiger Woods was seen at a golf tournament was at the PGA Championship when he missed the cut. He returns this week at the Hero World Challenge in Windermere, Fla.  (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

Tiger Woods back on Tour for first time since PGA Championship

- Associated Press

Woods is playing in his Hero World Challenge, which starts Thursday in his old neighborhood of Isleworth. It will be his first competition since he missed the cut on Aug. 9 at the PGA Championship. He wanted to make sure his body was stronger.

John Daly, left, high fives with teammate Phil  Mickelson after Mickelson birdied the third hole to put their team up against Tiger Woods and Hank Kuehne at the Battle At the Bridges Monday Aug. 2, 2004 in San Diego. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

John Daly: Woods or Mickelson should captain 2016 U.S. Ryder Cup team

Associated Press

“Phil Mickelson should be the next captain and play at Hazeltine. Phil seems to thrive on Ryder Cup competition, does well when he plays. He knows everything about the Ryder Cup, so maybe it should be him or Tiger who should be the next captain. We’ve had playing captains over the years, so why not in 2016?”

Bubba Watson of the U.S. celebrates after making an eagle from a bunker on the 18th hole during the final round of the HSBC Champions golf tournament at the Sheshan International Golf Club in Shanghai, China, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2014. Watson captured his first World Golf Championship. (AP Photo)

Bubba Watson takes Shanghai title after frenzied finish

- Associated Press

Watson closed with a 2-under 70, a score that doesn’t even begin to describe his wild ride — an eagle, birdie, par, bogey and double bogey filled his scorecard over the last five holes.

FILE - PGA of America President Ted Bishop speaks next to the Presidents Cup trophy at a news conference at City Hall in San Francisco, in this July 2, 2014 file photo. The PGA of America president referred to Ian Poulter as a little girl on two social media accounts Thursday evening Oct. 23, 2014 for his comments on Nick Faldo and Tom Watson as Ryder Cup captains.(AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

Ted Bishop resigns as PGA president

- Associated Press

Ted Bishop was ousted Friday as president of the PGA of America over a sexist tweet and Facebook post directed at Ian Poulter.

US team captain Tom Watson attends a press conference after Europe won the 2014 Ryder Cup golf tournament at Gleneagles, Scotland, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Tom Watson takes blame for U.S. Ryder Cup loss

- Associated Press

“I regret that my words may have made the players feel that I didn’t appreciate their commitment and dedication to winning the Ryder Cup,” Watson said in a statement issued Saturday through the PGA of America. “My intentions throughout my term as captain were both to inspire and to be honest.”

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Tiger Woods waits for his turn to put on the 18th green during the final round of the Hero World Challenge golf tournament on Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, in Windermere, Fla. (AP Photo/Willie J. Allen Jr.)

A new sponsor for a tour in need of attention

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The Ladies European Tour concludes its season in Dubai with a new sponsor that Laura Davies hopes will bring the circuit some more attention.

Beck chips in to earn LPGA Tour card

Associated Press

Karlin Beck ended an 11-hole playoff Monday morning by chipping in from 75 feet for birdie to hear the final LPGA Tour card at Q-school.

Tiger Woods tees off from the fourth hole during the final round of the Hero World Challenge golf tournament on Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, in Windermere, Fla. (AP Photo/Willie J. Allen Jr.)

Woods tied for last, but in good health

- Associated Press

Tiger Woods tied for last place in his return to golf after four months and found at least one reason for optimism.

Danny Willett of England holds the trophy after winning the Nedbank Golf Challenge at the Gary Player Country Club in Sun City, South Africa on Sunday Dec. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

England's Danny Willett wins Nedbank Challenge

Associated Press

Danny Willett spoiled Luke Donald's birthday with a final-round 66 to charge past his English compatriot and win the Nedbank Golf Challenge by four shots on Sunday.

Jordan Spieth tees off on the second hole on the second hole during the third round of the Hero World Challenge golf tournament on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, in Windermere, Fla. (AP Photo/Willie J. Allen Jr.)

Spieth opens up 7-shot lead at Isleworth

- Associated Press

Jordan Spieth flew from Japan to Australia to Dallas the last two weeks, took a day off and then came over to Florida for the Hero World Challenge.

Tiger Woods tosses his club after over hitting on the 18th hole during the first round of the Hero World Challenge golf tournament, Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, in Windermere, Fla. (AP Photo/Willie J. Allen Jr.)

A flubbed start for Tiger Woods

- Associated Press

Starting with the click of a camera before he could even hit his opening tee shot, Tiger Woods received a rude reminder of what his golf has been like during a lost year due to back troubles.

Tiger Woods tees off on the fourth hole during the first round of the Hero World Challenge golf tournament on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, in Windermere, Fla. (AP Photo/Willie J. Allen Jr.)

Woods stumbles to a 77 in his return

- Associated Press

Tiger Woods took on any shot without pain or worry Thursday, a feeling he hasn't had on the golf course in a long time.