November 13, 2011- Tiger Woods made a charge up the leaderboard on Sunday in the Australian Open, but could not overtake eventual winner Greg Chalmers. Fans cheered the loudest for Woods when he chipped in for eagle on the par-5 14th.
Woods was playing in just his first tournament since early summer after coming back from injuries to his knee and Achilles tendon. The longtime number one player in the world has dropped to 58th in the rankings but was pleased with his performance.
Woods said, “If not for awful putting yesterday and a couple of holes today on the back nine, I would have been there fighting for the win.”
Woods had his career put on hold about two years ago for personal issues and injury. However, it looks as though the highly gifted superstar is showing signs of returning to his prior form.
Thursday he posted a bogey free round of four under par and followed that up with a five under par round of 67 on Friday. Saturday however, he bogeyed three consecutive holes and ended the round three over par.
Nevertheless, following the round he worked on the putting range, found his problem, and made a charge reminiscent of Sunday charges by the Tiger of the past. He will play next week in Melbourne at the Presidents Cup, before returning to the U.S.