When Tiger Woods made the turn on Friday at the Farmers Insurance Open, it appeared as if the 14-time major champion’s latest comeback attempt would kick off with a missed cut. However, fans around Torrey Pines were treated to a vintage Tiger grind session as the seven-time winner of the event clawed his way to 1-under par to make the cut.
Tiger is clawing to make the cut at a mid-January event, and I’m locked in like he’s leading the Masters on Saturday afternoon.
— Kyle Porter (@KylePorterCBS) January 26, 2018
A birdie-bogey-birdie finish over the last three holes added some drama to afternoon as Woods was able to manage a clutch two-putt on the North Course’s 9th hole to safely make it to the weekend on the number.
A birdie at the last for @TigerWoods!
He shoots 33 on his back 9 to move inside the cut line.
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) January 26, 2018
GolfChannel.com’s Rex Hoggard had more on Woods’ first two days of competition, including the major takeaway: he may not win this week, but he’s still healthy.
There were almost as many narratives as there have been days of uncertainty leading up to Tiger Woods’ first start in an official PGA Tour event in nearly a year.
He would contend, he would dominate, he would struggle, he would survive. But after 36 eventful holes at the Farmers Insurance Open, there’s only one hot take that really matters – he remained upright.
No quit. ???? pic.twitter.com/Bw7xIjNAGs
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) January 27, 2018
It hasn’t been pretty. He’s been wild off the tee, painfully inconsistent with his iron play and not exactly vintage with his putter, although there were some signs of life on this front as a cool afternoon along the Pacific Ocean turned to dusk.
Woods called his second-round 71 on the North Course at Torrey Pines a “grind,” which pretty much sums it up. But he did so standing tall, pain-free and pleased, regardless of those ridiculously unrealistic expectations.
He made the cut on the number, the byproduct of a gutty performance that shouldn’t be easily dismissed. There are all kinds of pressure in professional golf, whether you’re vying for your 15th major championship or your first made cut in an official event since 2015.
It was the latter that drove Woods on Friday.
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