Tiger Woods recovered from an early bogey to start his 2019 season with a 2-under-par round of 70 in the first round of the Farmers Insurance Open on Thursday.
Playing on the more difficult South Course at Torrey Pines, where Woods is an eight-time winner – including the 2008 U.S. Open – Woods bogeyed the second hole but recovered with a pair of birdies to make the turn in 1-under 35.
He got to 2-under after hitting his tee shot on the par-3 11th to within a few feet, but gave the shot back on the next hole. Woods then traded a birdie and a bogey over the next five holes before draining a right-to-left birdie putt on the 18th hole.
“I think I probably could have shot something around 68 or 67 today pretty easily,” he told the Golf Channel shortly after walking off the 18th. “I hit a lot of good putts that were around the hole, they just didn’t fall in.”
Woods finished the day with birdies on all four par-5s on the South Course, which played almost three shots more difficult than the North Course on Thursday. Woods will play the North Course on Friday.
“Overall, shooting a couple under par on the South Course is not so bad,” he said. “But now I’m forced to have to shoot a low one tomorrow, since it looks like most of the field did over there today. I gotta go do it tomorrow.”
Thursday marked Woods’ first competitive round since the Hero World Challenge last month, and his first official round of the 2018-19 PGA Tour season.
“I felt like I drove it pretty well today,” he said. “I missed a few fairways, but they were controllable. I felt like my feel was a little bit off in my distances with my irons, that’s just from not playing at a competitive speed for a while.
“Hopefully I’ll have that feel a little bit better tomorrow and start hitting them exactly pin high, which I’ve been pretty good at for my whole career.”