Charley Hoffman, Kevin Chappell and Kevin Kisner got to see Tiger Woods up close. They just came from the Bahamas and played in Woods’ Hero World Challenge that ended Sunday.

Tuesday afternoon, all three were practicing for the QBE Shootout at Tiburón Golf Club at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort.

While Woods, returning after back surgeries kept him out of tournament golf for a year, tied for ninth, he did put together two strong rounds to start out, grabbing the lead at one point.

“It was on everything (on television),” Hoffman said. “It brings viewership to the game of golf, which I think is amazing. The game needs it. The game is in a pretty good spot with the younger players now with the Rickies (Rickie Fowler) and the (Jordan) Spieths and Justin Thomas and so on and so forth, but to get Tiger back in this game would be a game-changer.”

“It was fun,” Chappell said. “It’s great to have Tiger back and feel that buzz again around the game. That’s a strange event, only 18 guys in a very remote place, so you’re not getting the fans that you typically get, but those that were there were definitely pro-Tiger.”

Hoffman got to witness one of those youngsters fly by him on the leaderboard. Fowler rallied from a seven-shot deficit with a blistering 61 to pass Hoffman, the third-round leader who ended up four strokes back.

“There’s not much you can do,” Hoffman said. “You take your hat off and say ‘Great playing.’ … He deserved to win that golf tournament; he shot 61.”

Chappell and Kisner finished tied for 12th and 14th, respectively.

Matt Kuchar and Daniel Berger also played in the World Challenge and are playing this week in Naples.


Shootout founder and host Greg Norman on Australia’s QBE Insurance being the tournament’s new title sponsor at Media Day on Monday, Oct. 30, 2017.
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Team Kevin: Kevin Chappell and Kevin Kisner are back, and together again. The duo finished fourth in the debut for each last year.

“We definitely had the most fun last year and finished fourth,” Chappell said. “Hopefully we can maybe have equally as much fun but feel better when we’re playing.”

“We’re excited to come back down,” Kisner said. “It’s a good place to practice for the season during the winter months. It’s a fun little competition, and we don’t ever get to…