SAN DIEGO — Tiger Woods’ first tee shot Saturday was so off the mark course marshal instantly began waving frantically to the left along with his paddle.
That is the way it went for seven straight holes for Woods within the third spherical of the Farmers Insurance coverage Open at Torrey Pines.
Left tough. Left of the inexperienced on a par Three. Proper tough. Proper tough. Proper tough once more. Left tough. Greenside bunker on a par-Three.
Woods, who began on No. 10 on the South Course, lastly discovered the green with a Three-wood on his eighth gap, the par-Four, 442-yard 17th.
Remarkably, regardless of so many erratic pictures, Woods nonetheless managed a 2-under 70 in his first weekend spherical on the PGA Tour in 29 months. He was in the midst of the pack going into the ultimate spherical.
The 42-year-old Woods described his spherical as “gross,” though his quick sport and placing bailed him out for an honest rating.
That is solely his second PGA Tour occasion since he tied for 10th within the Wyndham Championship in August 2015. He had two again surgical procedures that fall, and fusion surgical procedure on his decrease again final April.
“I do not learn about coming collectively, but it surely was a battle on the market,” he stated. “I did not hit it value a darn all day. I used to be actually struggling on the market looking for something that was resemblance of a golf swing. However I used to be scoring, I used to be chipping, placing, I used to be grinding. I used to be making an attempt to overlook the ball on the proper sides as a result of I do know I did not have it, making an attempt to provide myself the proper angles and I did that many of the day. Then I needed to depend on my contact, my really feel, my placing and it has been good all week.”
If he did not have such a superb quick sport, “It might have been snowing on me,” Woods stated, utilizing a euphemism for taking pictures within the 80s. “It might have been snowing.”
And if he’d have hit extra fairways?
“It might be within the 60s. I do not assume I’d be contending proper now, however it might be within the 60s.”
Woods gave his again a superb exercise within the tough. Nevertheless, aside from an exaggerated contortion after chopping his second shot of the time out of the deep tough and right into a entice, he did not present a lot frustration. Perhaps that is as a result of he saved par on his first gap after which, after a bogey on 11, had two straight birdies.
Woods has hit solely six fairways since Thursday. He stated the issue is not along with his driver. “It is simply my swing. My feels are totally different. I am scuffling with my feels on the market, hitting sure pictures. A few of my go-to pictures aren’t there. A few of my pictures I prefer to hit underneath sure circumstances aren’t there, both. The one factor I’ve is my quick sport and my coronary heart and that obtained me by at this time.”
Woods’ issues off the tee continued on his again 9.
On the par-Three third, which has a stunning view of the Pacific Ocean, Woods’ 7-iron bounced off the inexperienced and down the hill. He had a exceptional chip to three ft and saved par.
On the par-Four fourth, which parallels the ocean, his tee shot went left and a course marshal waved each of his orange paddles to the left. Woods rallied and practically holed a chip for birdie and tapped in for par.
Woods, who grew up some 100 miles north of right here in Orange County, has been drawing a giant, boisterous gallery. He is gained this event seven instances, and Torrey Pines additionally was the positioning of his dramatic U.S. Open win in 2008 plus a World Junior Championship as an adolescent.
“I have never had individuals yelling like that shortly,” he stated. “Southern California’s at all times been close to and expensive to my coronary heart. It is the place I grew up and so lots of the folks that I have never seen in a very long time have come out this week, which is incredible. It is nice to have a hometown really feel.
“I’ve performed effectively right here over the course of my profession and I feel lots of these followers simply wish to see a few of that. And belief me, I am making an attempt.”
On Sunday, “It might be good to shoot one thing within the 60s,” he stated. “I want to do one thing slightly bit simpler than I did at this time, hit some extra fairways, extra greens, make it extra standard. However hey, I will have one other day on this complete strategy of making an attempt to construct my method again up and I am trying ahead to it.”