A day over a year removed from his return to professional Golf, Tiger Woods had a mediocre start to the Farmers Insurance Open. Woods carded a 2-under 70 yesterday that included five birdies and three bogies.
Today he matched that score with four birdies, one double-bogey, and a lot of missed opportunities.
Woods found himself in the middle of the fairway on 18, which was his 9th hole of the day. He pulled his second shot into a green-side bunker and was incredibly unlucky when his ball plugged into the lip of the bunker.
He would go on to double the hole and make just two birdies coming in. Woods hit 7/14 fairways, 13/18 greens, and had 29 putts.
“I felt a little bit off at time here and there. I squeezed a couple (of drivers) off the tees just to get it in play and ripped a few here and there and hit a couple good bombs down there”, Woods said in his post round presser.
“Iron shots weren’t as close as I’d like to have them, wasn’t quite as sharp as I’d like to be, but I hit them in there close enough where I should have made some of those putts. If they lip in instead of lipping out, the ballgame changes a little bit. I’m hitting good putts, I just have to keep doing that and they will go in eventually. Just right now they aren’t going in.”
Woods lipped-out several putts today, including one on the par 5 fifth whole, where he hit the green in two shots and three-putted for bogey.
Last year Woods came to the Farmers wanting to put four rounds together without any pain, tightness, or discomfort. Woods when asked about how he felt physically said, “I have no issues.”
A win is pretty much off the table this week with the lead being held by world #1 Justin Rose at 15-under. Rose has a three-shot lead and you would certainly expect him to finish the deal.
Since he has only played one other time this season, which was at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas, you could say that Woods is just shaking off the rust. After this week, we will see Woods again at the Genesis Open at Riviera Country Club in California; the course where Woods made his pro debut.