Tiger Woods' return to the PGA Tour in the Bridgestone Invitational was just about everything we thought it would be.
Maybe it wasn’t what we had hoped.
But in reality, you would expect even the greatest golfer in the world to be inconsistent after a three-month layoff as Woods was throughout the four-day tournament. The real victory was seeing Woods complete a tournament after we last watched him bow out of The Players just nine holes in May 12 due to a knee and Achilles tendon injury.
Woods was up-and-down Sunday, just as he had been most of the Bridgestone, finishing a respectable even par 70 after starting with blaze, struggling famously in the middle of the round and then showing us a little of the old Tiger flare toward the end.
"It's nice for me to get out there in this competitive atmosphere no matter how I was playing just to figure out how to score, because I haven't been forced to score," Woods said. "At home, playing money games with my buddies is just not the same. Being out here and being forced to have to post a score, hit shots...that's a different deal."
After shooting a 2-under par on the opening day, Woods faded some the next two days. He finished Bridgestone, which he has won seven times, shooting 1-over 218 for the four days to finish tied for 37th. Adam Scott, who had Woods' fired caddie Steve Williams on the bag, won the tournament.
Next up is the PGA Championship this week in Atlanta.
"Absolutely encouraged," Woods said of his return. "I hadn't played. I mean, this is my first tournament since, what, April? So it's been awhile."
(Photo: AP Photo/Mark Duncan)