Tiger Woods may not be on the first page of the leaderboard, but he’s looking like a contender to win the 2020 Farmer’s Insurance Open at Torrey Pines after shooting a 3-under 69 in the first round.
Woods played the North Course on Thursday, along with Jon Rahm and Collin Morikawa, putting four birdies and two bogeys on the scorecard to finish one stroke behind Rahm, the group leader after 18 holes. There were a few misses along the way, but Woods’ game as a whole appeared to be in championship form in this, his first PGA Tour event of the 2020 calendar year. He was driving the ball well, his swing had good rhythm and his short game was solid throughout the afternoon.
“Overall I’m pleased to shoot something in the 60s today,” Woods told the Golf Channel after the round. “I feel like I drove it a little bit better today, I can’t keep up with Rahm though. I just don’t have that gear anymore, but I feel like my start lines were a little bit tighter today, and that was nice. Pleased to shoot something in red numbers, get to the South Course tomorrow.”
Now while the finish was encouraging, things didn’t get off to the best start for Woods. There was a disappointing par at the par-5 10th and then a bogey at No. 11. Woods had a good run at the cup on the massive green complex at No. 12 and then finally logged his first birdie of the day (and first birdie of the 2020 on the PGA Tour) thanks to a terrific shot into the green on No. 13.