Tiger Woods misses cut for Farmers Insurance Open
By Reuters Sport & AFP Sport
Last Updated: 28/01/17 1:25pm
Tiger Woods' much anticipated return to the PGA Tour ended prematurely on Friday after he missed the cut at the Farmers Insurance Open.
After an absence of 17 months, Woods struggled to a four-over 76 with a rusty display in the opening round on the more difficult South Course at Torrey Pines.
Woods followed up with an even 72 on the revamped North layout to finish four shots outside the projected cutline.
It will be the sixth time in his last 12 starts on the PGA Tour that the former world number one has not advanced to the weekend, with five missed cuts and a withdrawal during that span.
With the cut line projected at level par, the 41-year-old could only reflect on a frustrating outing at the picturesque coastal course nestling against the Pacific Ocean, where he was won no fewer than eight times.
Teeing off on the 10th, Woods got off to a perfect start with a birdie on the opening hole to drop to three over.
But a bogey on his third hole of the day stunted any hopes of a birdie spree, and he battled his way around the remainder of the front nine with six pars and few real birdie chances.
The writing was on the wall after a bogey on his 12th hole, the par-three third, to drift out to five over. He pulled a shot back with a birdie on the par-five fifth, but it was too little too late.
Woods was not the only high-profile casualty on Friday, with world No 1 Jason Day and world No 3 Dustin Johnson also finishing outside the cut line.