Mixed start for Woods at Torrey Pines
Tiger Woods made a mixed start to his PGA Tour return at the Farmers Insurance Open on Thursday.
The 14-time major champion underwent a fourth serious back surgery last year, and was absent for 10 months before playing December's Hero World Challenge - where he placed ninth in the 18-strong field at the unofficial PGA Tour event.
Woods arrived on the first tee at Torrey Pines - a venue where he has won eight times - to a typically rousing reception, and two bogeys and a birdie left the 42-year-old one over par at the turn, six shots off the lead.
While there were signs of encouragement from Woods, particularly with a couple of neat shots around the green, his work off the tee and approach shots lacked rhythm.
The American, playing the slightly trickier south course, made an inauspicious start with a wayward tee shot to the left, and he failed to save par with a 15-foot putt.
Tiger Woods' stats from his first 9 holes of 2018 ...-- PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) January 25, 2018
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More troubled followed at the fifth when Woods struggled to make the green, and another medium-ranger for par with the flat stick failed to sink.
However, Woods hit back immediately at the next hole as a fine approach to the green set up an eagle opportunity and, although that missed, he recorded a first birdie of 2018.
A fine save out of the bunker followed at the seventh, while a sublime wedge shot at the eighth saw him scramble for another par having gone long and left off the tee.