The American took his risky approach to the fairways of Royal Pines and walked away with a breakthrough victory, with Adam Scott unable to bridge the gap at his hometown tournament.
The world number seven will launch his assault from four off the pace on the final day of the Australian PGA Championship on the Gold Coast.
Peter O'Malley says the return of Woods has electrified the golfing world and has extended the invitation for the 14-time Major winner to make another trip to Australia.
The hometown hero will be breathing down the neck of the leaders going into the weekend as Scott tries to close out his year with another Australian triumph.
Local Andrew Dodt will drink rum in Coke on his balcony after taking a two-stroke lead in the Australian PGA Championship before menacing storms sent players scattering late on day one at the Gold Coast.
The 2012 champion has been on the wrong end of a flipped golf cart but support from Ricky Ponting has helped him find some welcome form at the Australian PGA Championship on the Gold Coast.
The Queenslander wants to sign off the year in style ahead of the Christmas break but will be holding his breath to see if Woods can find glimpses of form in his long-awaited comeback.
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A rare dedication to his craft left his junior coaches convinced that Australia's newest Test opener was always destined to fulfil his cricketing ambitions.
The State of Origin theme appeared to do the trick in a controversial afternoon as refereeing confusion caused second-half chaos at Suncorp Stadium.