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Slow start for Woods in Tour comeback

Field Level Media
January 25. 2018 11:32PM
Tiger Woods plays his shot from the fifth tee during the first round of the Farmers Insurance Open golf tournament at Torrey Pines Municipal Golf Course. (Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports)

Tiger Woods began his latest PGA Tour comeback attempt by shooting even-par 72 on Thursday in the first round of the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines.

Woods, playing the South Course, made three birdies against three bogeys in his first official tour appearance since he missed the cut 12 months ago.

“I have to hit my irons a little better than I did today,” Woods said in a post-round television interview on the Golf Channel. “I didn’t hit them very close, I didn’t give myself a lot of looks. And then it is hard to make any birdies when you don’t give yourself a lot of looks.”

Woods is seven shots behind leader Tony Finau, who shot 7-under 65 on the North Course. Ted Potter Jr. and Ryan Palmer are one shot behind after 6-under rounds on the tougher South Course.

The highlight of Woods’ round was his tee shot on the 223-yard, par-3 16th hole. The shot landed near the hole, bounced toward the pin and rolled past, and stopped about six inches shy of being an ace. He tapped in for a birdie.


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