Tiger misses the cut at Farmers Insurance Open
January 27, 2017
By Ben Everill, PGATOUR.COM
- Tiger Woods hit 10 of 14 fairways on Friday after hitting just four on Thursday. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO – Tiger Woods can at least say he outscored World No. 1 Jason Day and No. 3 Dustin Johnson at Torrey Pines North on Friday.
But unfortunately, all three are headed home early from the Farmers Insurance Open.
In his first PGA TOUR start since the 2015 Wyndham Championship, Woods backed up his 4-over 76 on the South Course with an even-par 72 on the North, leaving him four shots adrift of the cut at 4 over.
Day (+3) and Johnson (+2) both shot 74 on a blustery Friday, leaving them packing their bags early as well.
It was just the 24th time (16th as a professional) Woods has missed a cut on TOUR in 328 starts.
But it wasn’t all bad news for Woods, who blew off some competitive rust in tricky conditions.
“It's frustrating not being able to have a chance to win the tournament,” said Woods, who has won at Torrey Pines eight times as a professional.
“Overall today was a lot better than yesterday. I hit it better, I putted well again. I hit a lot of beautiful putts that didn't go in, but I hit it much better today, which was nice.”
While he still had some wild swings off the tee, the 79-time TOUR winner improved his accuracy from just 4 of 14 fairways on Thursday to 10 of 14 on Friday.
“We fixed a few things while playing today, which was good,” Woods added.
“I made a couple little tweaks and changes in my swing and my setup … and that was Joey (caddie) and I talking about that while playing.
“We're still rusty as a team together. We haven't really been out there competing and playing together. He's seeing my game at a different speed and different tempo.
“We're working towards that first full week in April. I felt like I made some nice strides and just wish I could have been playing on the weekend because I really love this golf course.”
Importantly for Woods, his surgically repaired back also held up to competition.
He was able to go at the ball hard in the thick wet rough and admitted to trying to open up and hit a few long drives late in his round when it became apparent the cut line was too far away.
He felt stronger than when he played in his own Hero World Challenge last December.
Now Woods hopes his back handles the long flight to Dubai, where he heads to play on the European Tour next week before returning at the Genesis Open in Los Angeles.
“I think slashing it out of the rough as many times as I had to yesterday and figuring it out and hoping that I didn't do any injuring or any damage to myself (was a good sign),” Woods said.
“It's a long process in the mornings trying to get ready and trying to get warmed up.
“The task and the tall order is to stay warm and stay loose. That's one of the things that I hadn't dealt with.
“Playing tournament golf is a little bit different than playing with your buddies at home in a cart. I need to get more rounds under my belt, more playing time and that's what I'm trying to do.”
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