Woods leaves Torrey Pines early after disappointing week


Tiger Woods' return to the PGA Tour was over before the weekend after he missed the cut at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Hope sprung eternal entering this week that Woods' comeback would be a successful one.

The 14-time major champion showed glimpses of great form in the Bahamas for the World Hero Challenge in December, which lifted spirits that his latest comeback might be more like 2013 - when he won five times on Tour - than 2014 and 2015, when he barely finished an event.

However, Woods looked like a shadow of his former self at Torrey Pines, a course he has captured eight titles on throughout the years, as he consistently missed fairways and greens while never really coming to terms with the course's tricky Poa annua putting surfaces.

Though he shot a solid even-par 72 on Friday on the easier North Course, his four-over 76 on Thursday left him climbing an uphill battle.

Woods played in a star-studded group, consisting of current world number one Jason Day (three over) and Dustin Johnson (two over). They all missed the cut, but Woods was staying positive in his analysis of his own game.

"It's frustrating, overall today [Friday] was a lot better than yesterday," he told reporters. "I putted well again, and hit it much better which was nice.

"We fixed a few things while playing today which was good. I'm rusty but we [he and caddy Joe LaCava] were working as a pair out there and it's good times.

"I need to get more rounds under my belt and more playing time. I'm trying to get ready for the first full week in April [the Masters], that's where I want everything to come together."