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Tiger silences the doubters

It took all of seven days for Tiger Woods to put to rest any debate over whether the fire is still burning for the 14-time major champion.

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Woods: 'I just needed to get some rest' (2:15)
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Green wins LPGA Tour Q-school by one stroke

Jaye Marie Green won the LPGA Tour qualifying tournament Sunday to top the 20 card-earners, making a 20-foot birdie putt on the final hole for a one-stroke victory.

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Dominant Stone wins Dunhill Championship

Brandon Stone was thrilled to start the new European Tour season on a high after cruising to a seven-shot victory at the Alfred Dunhill Championship.

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No questions asked after Tiger's finish (3:18)
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You can bet that Tiger is back (1:23)
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Tiger Woods finishes 15th at Hero World Challenge (1:31)
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Tiger believes he had a chance at playing well (0:24)
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Tiger feeling more comfortable every day (1:35)
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Tiger explains why he swung so hard with his driver on the 11th tee (0:36)
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Change of putter changing confidence for Tiger (1:26)
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Jeter: Golf most frustrating sport I've played

Derek Jeter needed something to fill his competitive void when he retired from baseball. The ex-Yankees shortstop chose golf, and just like everyone else, it's been a challenge for him to master.

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Tiger has a lot to happy about with second round play (1:43)
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Woods fires 65, almost aces No. 12 (1:47)
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The Tiger who can win golf tournaments is still in there (2:11)
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Poulter admits mental struggle since return

Ian Poulter admits he is finding his return to competitive golf "mentally hard" as he prepares for this week's Australian PGA Championship in Queensland.

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Woods shows positive signs in Pro-Am (2:27)
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Woods under control at Pro-Am (2:01)
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Tiger's strut returns (1:00)
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The secret history of Tiger Woods (2:45)
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Sources: Tiger adds Monster Energy as sponsor

Tiger Woods will return to golf with a Monster Energy logo on his bag at the Hero World Challenge, his foundation's 18-player tournament in the Bahamas this week.

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Charles Moynihan ESPN Producer 

Hideki Matsuyama wins the 2016 Hero World Challenge by two strokes over Henrik Stenson. Matsuyama said his main goal for 2017 "is to win a major and number two is to win on the PGA Tour and keep grinding."

Jason Sobel @JasonSobelESPN

1. Hideki Matsuyama, eagles/birdies: 24 15. Tiger Woods, eagles/birdies: 24 Golf is really weird. (Related: Double-bogeys are really bad.)

Jason Sobel @JasonSobelESPN

Hideki Matsuyama hangs on to win the Hero World Challenge, his fourth worldwide title in his last five starts. Dude is on a serious heater.

Kevin Maguire Golf 

With his 15th-place finish at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods is projected to move inside the top 650 in the Official World Golf Ranking. Coming into the week, Woods was ranked 898th. Had he finished last in the field that started with 18 players, he would have moved up roughly 150 places instead of the approximately 250 spots he jumped.

Michael Collins ESPN Senior Writer 

Tiger Woods concedes this week has been a draining one.

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Michael Collins ESPN Senior Writer 

I asked Tiger about changing his expectations.

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Michael Collins ESPN Senior Writer 

Bob Harig asked Tiger Woods for his assessment of his week.

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Jason Sobel @JasonSobelESPN

Tiger Woods' caddie Joe LaCava: "My goal was to get him through five rounds on his feet. He feels great now, which is a huge positive."

Bob Harig ESPN Senior Writer 

Tiger Woods won't be happy with his final round at the Hero World Challenge (76) but he can't be upset when looking at the big picture in his return to competitive golf after 15 months. There was far more good than bad, with surprising power and length with all of his clubs. Woods made 24 birdies for the week out of 72 holes, but played the par-5s in just 4 under par. He also made 6 double bogeys for the week including 3 Sunday. There are plenty of positives, and yet plenty of room for improvement, too.

Jason Sobel @JasonSobelESPN

That's a final-round 76 for Tiger Woods. Felt like the tank reached empty by Sunday afternoon. All in all, good first step in his return.