Paired with Bryson DeChambeau and South Korea's K.J. Choi, the Offaly man had a solid front nine, level par at the turn. While the 2012 Greenbrier Classic victor has made just two of his seven cuts this season, he's made them count, finishing T-28 at the Safeway Open and T-13 at the RSM Classic.
Tiger Woods is more confident than ever that his return to the PGA Tour will be different this time. The key question: Would he make the cut for weekend play? I didn't give myself a lot of looks out there.
His highlights included a near hole-out with a six iron at the par-three 16th hole, and afterward he was happy to get through his first proper tournament round since this time past year. "Everything's been off of Bermuda (grass) because I've been home", Woods said.
Then, on the par-3 16th hole, Woods almost jarred a 6-iron for his first hole-in-one since 1998.More news: A German far-right politician resigns after converting to Islam
"It's hard to make a lot of birdies when you're not giving yourself any looks, and I didn't do that today", Woods said.
While once there was a time he expected to win whenever he put a peg into the ground - he's accumulated 79 PGA Tour titles and 14 majors - Woods is looking to gradually build up his game with each practice round, practice session and PGA Tour event before heading down Magnolia Lane in search of a fifth green jacket.
"It looked good from the tee". From 134-yards out, he was a little too strong on the approach shot and left himself with a tricky chip hitting into the grain of the thick Torrey Pines rough.
"I was trying to manage the disk and the vertebrae", Woods said after his pro-am round in the Farmers Insurance Open. He has won the tournament three times, most recently in 2001.More news: Alex Azar confirmed by Senate as new head of HHS
There were a few lumps and bumps along with the way - along with the odd pretty view - and at that the greatest show in golf was back on the road. "Hopefully, he's here for good this time". With virtually no wind making this a day for reasonable scoring, Woods was tied for 84th and will start the second round on the North Course just outside the cut line. Eastern today from the 10th tee on Torrey's North Course. Final score for the day is an even-par 72 and seven shots off the lead of Tony Finau. "It was a double breaking putt and just hung on the lip". Play was suspended due to darkness with 12 players still on course. Flawless line, the putter raise and the ball stops about two inches short.
In another throwback, Woods might have had an even better day but for a bogey on par-5 No. 13. Photo by Chris Stone Tiger Woods signed autographs for about 10 minutes after Round 1. Photo by Chris Stone Tiger Woods doffs his cap after finishing play on the South Course.
It looked so very 2000, just for a second.
Sunny but cool skies greeted fans at Torrey Pines Golf Course.More news: Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback announces resignation
Phil Mickelson, who graduated from University of San Diego High School in 1988 and lives in Rancho Santa Fe, will be playing in the tournament for the 29th time.