PGA: Farmers Insurance Open - First Round

Tiger Woods plays a shot from a bunker during Thursday’s first round of the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines Municipal Golf Course in San Diego. Woods shot a 70.

Tiger Woods recovered from an early bogey to start his 2019 season with a 2-under-par round of 70 in the first round of the Farmers Insurance Open on Thursday in San Diego.

Playing on the more difficult South Course at Torrey Pines, where Woods is an eight-time winner -- including the 2008 U.S. Open -- Woods bogeyed the second hole but recovered with a pair of birdies to make the turn in 1-under 35.

He got to 2 under after hitting his tee shot on the par-3 11th to within a few feet, but he gave the shot back on the next hole. Woods then traded a birdie and a bogey over the next five holes before draining a right-to-left birdie putt on the 18th hole.

"I think I probably could have shot something around 68 or 67 today pretty easily," he told the Golf Channel shortly after walking off the 18th. "I hit a lot of good putts that were around the hole. They just didn't fall in."

Woods finished the day with birdies on all four par-5s on the South Course, which played almost three shots more difficult than the North Course on Thursday. Woods will play the North Course on Friday.

"Overall, shooting a couple under par on the South Course is not so bad," he said. "But now I'm forced to have to shoot a low one tomorrow, since it looks like most of the field did over there today. I gotta go do it tomorrow."

Thursday marked Woods' first competitive round since the Hero World Challenge last month, and his first official round of the 2018-19 PGA Tour season.

"I felt like I drove it pretty well today," he said. "I missed a few fairways, but they were controllable. I felt like my feel was a little bit off in my distances with my irons, that's just from not playing at a competitive speed for a while.

"Hopefully I'll have that feel a little bit better tomorrow and start hitting them exactly pin high, which I've been pretty good at for my whole career."

Rahm leads

Jon Rahm took advantage of favorable scoring conditions on the North Course at Torrey Pines on Thursday to shoot a 10-under par 62 and claim a one-shot lead after the first round.

Starting on the back nine, the Spaniard eagled his first hole, added another eagle at the par-5 17th and made the turn in 7-under 29. The lone blemish on his scorecard was a bogey on the par-3 third hole, but Rahm reeled off four consecutive birdies from Nos. 5-8 to reach 10-under.

England's Justin Rose also blistered the North Course, which played well more than two shots easier on average than the South Course in the first round. The world's top-ranked player fired a 9-under 63 to share second place with PGA Tour rookie Doug Ghim.