Tiger Woods 'very pleased' with Torrey Pines return


Tiger Woods declared himself "very pleased" after rounding off his return to PGA Tour action with a fourth successive round of par or better at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Despite continuing to struggle badly off the tee, Woods completed an even-par 72 at Torrey Pines' South Course to finish the week three under par in his first official start for 12 months.

The 14-time major champion had described his long game in round three as "gross" but took encouragement from his performance in rising winds on Sunday.

In a post-round interview with CBS Sports' Dottie Pepper, Woods said: "I played a lot better today, a lot better.

"It was tough conditions out there, it was tough scoring."

Former world number one Woods, who has been plagued by back problems in recent years, got to within five of the lead at one stage on Sunday and revealed he had been targeting a score of "around 65", adding: "I thought that might be a play-off number."

He was tied for 27th when he finished his round, yet nevertheless happy to have competed strongly after missing so many tournaments.

"[I'm] very pleased, after not playing for a couple of years and then coming out here on the tour and really playing a solid four days," Woods continued.

"I fought hard for these scores. They weren't 'drive down the middle, hit it on the green, two putt', one of those yawners - this was a lot of fighting."

Asked what he would work on as a priority moving forward, Woods, who will next be in action at the Genesis Open from February 15, replied: "Everything. Just like it was after I played in the Bahamas [at the Hero World Challenge].

"I'm excited to get this one under my belt, though."