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Friday’s Mashup: Tiger Woods off to promising start in return to competitive golf

Lucy Burdge
December 01, 2017 - 7:59 am

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-- Tigers Woods returned to competitive golf on Thursday and shot a  3-under 69 in the first round of the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas. This score landed him in a tie for eighth and three strokes behind tournament leader Tommy Fleetwood.

This was Woods’s first competitive round in 301 days. He underwent his fourth back surgery in April and was arrested for DUI in May and went to rehab.

"I was very happy I found the rhythm of the round by the second hole,'' said Woods. "After I hit that 8-iron in there pin high (on the par-3 second), I felt I've got the rhythm. On 3, I smashed a drive down there and then hit a 2-iron about 265 into the wind, I just hit it on a rope, put it up there on the green. I knew I was back playing again.”

And viewers were glad to see him back.

“Ok I've seen enough now. TIGER WILL WIN THE MASTERS!!!,” @bryanbrosgolf tweeted.

“Great seeing Tiger back in action he’s definitely great for the game of golf! Wishing @TigerWoods nothing but the best of luck! @TGRLiveEvents --#HeroWorldChallenge,” John Daly posted on Twitter.

“Is there anything better then watching @TigerWoods play golf again? #fistpumpsForDaysssss” -- @thejessicakorda

“It's a great day to see @TigerWoods back on the golf course!,” Bo Jackson tweeted.

“Pumped to be watching @TigerWoods back out there!!!” -- @MichaelPhelps

"I didn't know what I could do," Woods told the Golf Channel. "I've been playing a lot of holes at home, but it's a little different when you have to tee it up in a tournament."

He’s set to return for Round 2 on Friday.

-- Former MLB catcher and Sportsnet Blue Jays analyst Gregg Zaun was fired from his TV job on Thursday for allegations of “inappropriate behavior and comments” directed at female employees.

Rick Brace, President of Rogers Media, released a statement saying Zaun’s contract was terminated immediately.

“This week, we received complaints from multiple female employees at Sportsnet regarding inappropriate behavior by Gregg Zaun in the workplace,” the statement said. “After investigating the matter, we decided to terminate his contract, effective immediately. This type of behavior completely contradicts our standards and our core values. We believe in a professional workplace where all employees feel comfortable and respected. We are grateful to our employees who spoke with us and we will take every measure to protect their privacy.”

Zaun spent 16 seasons as an MLB catcher for a number of teams, including the Blue Jays and Orioles. He won the World Series with the Marlins in 1997.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: "I have nothing but the most respect for him and everything he's achieved and accomplished in his career. Obviously, being on the other side of two of those Super Bowl losses to an Eli Manning-led team, I just have so much respect for his dependability, for his consistency, for his toughness. You know that's really everything you want in an NFL player, and I think Eli has always provided that for the team. So I think it's a pretty unfortunate situation." -- Tom Brady, on the Giants benching Eli Manning