Tiger Woods returned from the golfing wilderness on Sunday night with a victory in the Chevron World Challenge. It was the former world number one’s first win in two years.
Woods described the win as “awesome”, after he came from behind to beat Zach Johnson. Tiger was a shot down heading to the closing two holes of the tournament but he managed a two at the short 17th and then hit a birdie three at the last to claim the victory over his playing partner.
The Chevron win was Wood’s first on home soil since the BMW Championship in September 2009 and his first of any kind since the Australian Masters in November of the same year.
Johnson held on for second, with Paul Casey third on five under after shooting a 69. The win also sees Woods return to the world’s top 25, up from 52nd to 21st. He admitted that his decision to take time off to deal with knee and Achilles injuries over the last few months was a critical move:
“I felt that in order for me to play the way I know I can play, I had to get fully fit. I had to get healthy and to where I was strong and explosive again so I could practice,” Woods said.
“I’ve been in contention twice this year, which is not very often,” he said. “I had the lead at the Masters on the back nine there, and obviously had a chance there at the Aussie Open [where he finished third]. So that’s my third time with a chance to win it. I pulled it off this time.”