February 21, 2018

Farmers Insurance Open: Tiger Woods almost aces par-3

26 January 2018, 05:29 | Randolph Howard

Tiger makes another return to the PGA Tour

Tiger Woods

Starting on the first tee and playing in front of the usual insane melange of frenzied Tiger boosters, the man of the hour could be forgiven for having a case of nerves, which were on display as he immediately found the left rough with an errant opening drive.

The 42-year-old closed his round holding a share of 83rd place, seven shots adrift of clubhouse leader Tony Finau. I was very happy, any time you break 70 on either of these courses is nice.

Justin Rose was frustrated at being unable to convert a number of good drives on the par-fives on the North Course, although the Englishman did sign for a three-under 69 along with Shane Lowry and Russell Knox. Where he struggled was off the tee.

"There were some things out there that were pretty cool to see, " said Reed, who was grouped with Woods and Charley Hoffman for the first two rounds.

"It was fun; fun to be able to compete again, " Woods said.

Woods will need to pick it up in the second round to make the cut.

He dropped his second shot of the day at the fourth to fall to +2 but came straight back with a vintage Tiger birdie at the par-5 fifth. His long eagle putt was on line but stopped about two inches from the hole.

In flawless scoring conditions at the Emirates Golf Club, the 42-year-old Donaldson took a one-shot lead over Anthony Wall and David Horsey. Chip from rough to 4 feet. Birdie putt slides just by on right.

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Woods, an eight-time victor at Torrey Pines, was in the far left rough off the tee and then found a greenside bunker en route to an opening bogey. Second bogey of the round.

Playing primarily a cut off the tee, he found eight fairways. And then he missed the short par putt. He tapped in for a birdie. He blasted that out to 3 feet, which was the hard part.

His 189-yard iron shot on the 16th bounced on the green and then rolled just right of the cup. It came out like a pitching wedge.

Later, he hit his best shot of the day at the par-three 16th, a six-iron that launched high and landed soft, the sort of shot he used to hit nearly at will during his prime. "You're joking yourself if you don't think golf is better and more exciting when Woods is playing it at the highest level". He went bunker-to-bunker in taking a par. Woods took out his 6-iron and swiped the ball high into the sky on the 223-yard par-3. "We can't see anything land from back there".

The round highlight came at the 16th where a 188-yard 6-iron from the left-hand tee almost went in the hole, finishing 8 inches away. Kick-in birdie from inside 1 foot.

Finau birdied his opening two holes on the North and finished with a 35-foot birdie putt for a 65.

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