Hoffman rises above Tiger joy

02 December 2017 18:18:58 GMTPlus10

The remarkable Tiger Woods comeback continued, but at the end of the second round of the Hero World Challenge it was journeyman Charley Hoffman who held a three-shot lead at Albany GC.

The 40-year-old Californian was in contention at three of 2017's major championships and finished 11th in the FedEx Cup, but a fifth PGA Tour win remained elusive - perhaps he can claim it in the final tournament of the year?

We need him out here, we want him out here. First and foremost I want him to be healthy for the rest of his life. We're all cheering for Tiger to play great golf.

Charley Hoffman

Hoffman thrashed five straight birdies to close his second circuit of the course and gain a 36-hole three shot lead over Jordan Spieth and Tommy Fleetwood on 12-under 132.

Woods, the tournament host and focus of attention for the week, is a further two stokes back on 7-under and yet he was simply stunning through 11 holes, carding four birdies and an eagle before two late bogeys took the gloss off his day.

He had made his mark, however, and even Hoffman was aware who was the biggest story.

"To be completely honest I hope he wins," said the leader. "It's great for the game of golf. I mean, I hope I stop him from winning this week, but every time he's in contention or even playing it brings a buzz which is what we need.

"We need him out here, we want him out here. First and foremost I want him to be healthy for the rest of his life. We're all cheering for Tiger to play great golf.

"I want to win, but in the back of your heart we're all cheering for him."

Hoffman is 51.00 to win the tournament outright, Spieth is 3001.00, Fleetwood 1001.00 and Woods 2001.00.

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