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Scottie Scheffler eased to victory as Tiger Woods successfully completed 72 holes on his return to action at the Hero World Challenge.
Scheffler, making his first start since the US Ryder Cup defeat in Rome, posted four birdies in a bogey-free final round to finish three shots ahead of Austrian Sepp Straka in the Bahamas.
The world No.1 secured over 30 world ranking points for the victory to extend his lead at the summit, but the win will not count as a title on his official PGA Tour record.
“I think I just played solid today and kept my distance from the rest of the guys,” Scheffler said. “It was the same game plan as always. I was just trying to hit good shots and get as many chances I could for a birdie. I was optimistic going into this week.”
Much of the focus, however, was on the return of Woods, who posted a final round 72 to finish even par for the event.
The 15-time major champion finished 18th out of 20 players in his tournament at the Albany resort, but took huge encouragement after seeing major improvements in his mobility after subtalar fusion surgery in April.
“I think I have come a long way from being a bit rusty to playing four rounds,” Woods said.
“Just the physicality of playing and competing again, I haven’t done this in a while so it was nice to get out there with the guys and have some fun.
Here is the full prize money breakdown from the tournament…
Hero World Challenge 2023 prize money payout
Winner. Scottie Scheffler: $1,000,000
2. Sepp Straka: $450,000
3. Justin Thomas, -16 $300,000
T4. Tony Finau, Matt Fitzpatrick: $212,500
6. Jordan Spieth: $190,000
7. Collin Morikawa: $185,000
T8. Justin Rose, Brian Harman: $177,500
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