“I’m excited,” the 41-year-old Woods said after a 68 on Sunday to finish the week at Albany Resort eight-under 280.
“This is the way I’ve been playing at home and when I came out here and played, I was playing very similar to this.
Woods played for nine straight days leading into the Hero and spent much of his time prepping for his first start since February by playing matches with Fowler, Justin Thomas and Rory McIlroy, among others.
“What I saw on Monday when we played a practice round was effortless power,” said Patrick Reed, who was the first to get with Woods at Albany.
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A year ago, Woods led the field at the Hero in birdies but also topped the list in bogeys.
The flip side was Woods’ well-documented short-game struggles on the grainy grass of Albany, though some of that had to be expected given 301 days of competitive rust to flake off.