SAN DIEGO – Tiger Woods stated he was “more than happy” with himself Sunday after finishing 4 rounds of official event golf for the primary time in 28 months.
Woods carded an even-par 72 within the ultimate spherical of the Farmers Insurance coverage Open at Torrey Pines, leaving him at three beneath for the event. Woods trailed chief Alex Noren by 9 strokes as he walked off the course.
Contending for the championship was virtually an afterthought this week for Woods, who has been sidelined many of the previous two years by a foul again that has required 4 surgical procedures.
After lacking the lower final 12 months, lacking the event in 2016 and failing to complete the primary spherical in 2015, this was Tiger’s greatest tour of Torrey since successful a report seventh Farmers title in 2013.
“After not taking part in for a pair years and popping out right here on tour, taking part in, you understand, 4 stable days, I fought onerous for these scores,” stated Woods, who completed on the cutline after rounds of 72 and 71 to open the event. Saturday’s 70 was his low spherical of the week. “They weren’t like drive down the center, hit it on the inexperienced, two-putt, a kind of yawners. .
“These had been combating, I needed to battle for each rating on each gap – and typically these are extra pleasing than the boring rounds. It confirmed that I had coronary heart. I fought my tail off and it was great things.”
Woods subsequent will check himself within the Genesis Open from Feb. 15-18 at Riviera.
Requested what he’ll work on within the meantime, Woods stated, “All the pieces.”
Beginning Sunday’s spherical on No. 10 South, Woods went birdie, bogey, birdie, bogey, birdie over the Nos. 14-18 holes. When Woods made a 5-foot birdie putt at 18, the group cheered mightily.
Woods managed only one extra birdie, on the par-Four 2nd gap. He gave again to pictures with bogeys on the 4th and seventh.
Woods’ largest problem this weekend got here when he had the driving force in his arms. He averaged 303.1 yards off the workforce (rating 16th right here), however for the third straight spherical he hit solely three of 14 fairways. Woods ranked 77th in driving accuracy among the many 77 gamers who competed over the weekend.
Based on ESPN Stats and Data, the 17 fairways hit had been the fewest of Woods’ profession (by three).
Woods stated he’ll want time on the vary in addition to in tournaments to work it out.
“Sadly, it is each as a result of sport time pace may be very completely different than hometown pace,” Woods stated. “These are a number of the narrowest fairways on the entire tour. When I haven’t got my greatest stuff, and on high of that these are slender fairways, not it is windy. It simply compounded it. It made it very tough for me, anyhow. I do not find out about the remainder of these guys, however it was robust for me.”
Lengthy gone, it appears, are the yips that plagued Woods a few years in the past. His chipping was incredible this week.
“The brief sport wasn’t one thing I used to be fearful about coming into this week,” Wooden stated. “I knew what I might do, what I have been doing at house. That wasn’t going to be the problem.”
His placing additionally was good – no less than when he wasn’t interrupted by an overexuberant fan.
Woods was disrupted within the midst of a 10-foot birdie putt on the par-5 13th gap. A spectator shouted “Get within the gap” whereas Woods was bringing his putter ahead to hit the ball.
Woods missed the putt and gestured towards the fan with a glance of disgust earlier than tapping in for par and strolling away from the outlet shaking his head.
Different spectators shouted “C’mon, man,” on the fan, some suggesting he be escorted from the premises for the outburst.
Golf Digest took it a step additional in a web-based story, proclaiming in a headline that the fan “deserves (a) lifetime ban from attending PGA Tour occasions.”
Woods did not point out the incident after his spherical. He was centered on the longer term.
Like subsequent week’s Tremendous Bowl.
Query: Eagles or Patriots?
“Raiders,” Woods stated.
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