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Fowler beats Tiger at home and at the World Challenge

NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — Rickie Fowler isn’t winning as much as he would like. He’s still undefeated against Tiger Woods over the last month.

According to Fowler, anyway.

They played in Florida as Woods began working toward a return to competition from his fourth back surgery. Woods said it was young players like Fowler, Justin Thomas and Daniel Berger who motivated him, encouraged him and at times helped him understand where his game was at.

Fowler and Woods both left the Hero World Challenge with plenty of optimism for the new year.

Fowler rallied from a seven-shot deficit by opening with seven straight birdies and closing with an 11-under 61, the course record at Albany Golf Club, for a four-shot victory over Charley Hoffman that moved him to No. 7 in the world.

Woods had three rounds in the 60s, and even with back-to-back bogeys, he closed with 68 on Sunday and tied for ninth in the 18-man field. It still was his best result since a playoff loss in…

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