Tiger Woods is back: Fans and opponents thrilled by legend’s return to...

Tiger Woods is back: Fans and opponents thrilled by legend’s return to the top of leaderboards

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ORLANDO, Fla. — The pronouncement pierced the silence as soon as Tiger Woods made an 11-foot par putt to secure his third consecutive sub-70 round in competition, a 4-under-par 68 at Bay Hill on Thursday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. “Tiger Woods — back!” came the cry from a fan near the ninth green.

Woods, fresh off a tie for second at the Valspar Championship, was making his first start in this tournament since he won for the eighth time here in 2013. His 68 on Thursday left him tied for seventh, four shots behind the leader, Henrik Stenson.

At this time last year, “Woods — back” was shorthand for a different narrative. He was a little more than a month away from…



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