Tiger Woods’ first round of action in an official full-field PGA Tour event in a year went about as planned.
The round featured moments of rust offset by some swings that suggested better days are ahead. And all in all, Woods grinded out an even-par round that had him leaving the course healthy, which was the biggest concern coming into the week.
The story of the day, however, was Woods’ approach at the par-3 16th hole on the South Course. Sitting at 1-over par for the day, the 14-time major champion hoisted a 6-iron towards the flag at the 188-yard hole and waited for a reaction from the crowd because he couldn’t see the ball land. The reaction came and it told him everything he needed to know.
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) January 25, 2018
Woods went on to par the final two holes of his round to finish in a tie for 83rd, seven shots behind first-round leader Tony Finau. Woods will play the North Course at Torrey Pines on Friday, teeing off at 12:30 p.m. EST alongside Patrick Reed and Charley Hoffman.
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