Tiger Woods' excellent start on his first round back is undone on the back nine

Former World No 1 is playing for the first time for 16 months

Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods wipes his face as he prepares to putt on the 10th hole during the first round at the Hero World Challenge golf tournament, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016, in Nassau, Bahamas. Woods is one-over-par for the round. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Tiger Woods started his return to action by shooting a 1-over par 73 on day one of golf's Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas.

The 14-time major winner playing his first tournament for 16 months after multiple back operations.

The former World No 1 made a storming start, with four birdies from the first eight holes.

But the momentum did not last as he bogeyed the ninth. 

Woods did birdie the 15th but the remainder of the back nine was challenging on the score card.

A bogey on the 11th was followed up by double bogeys on the 16th and 18th.

Fellow US golfer JB Holmes leads the way on 8-under.

That puts him one shot clear of Hideki Matsuyama.

Dustin Johnson is on 6-under.