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Woods shoots even-par 72 in PGA Tour comeback

Reuters
Saturday, January 27, 2018

LA JOLLA, California - Tiger Woods made a respectable return to the PGA Tour yesterday, shooting even-par 72 in the first round at the Farmers Insurance Open.

In his first official start since this time last year, Woods took a while to dust off the rust, but the quality of his shotmaking improved as the round progressed on the South course at Torrey Pines.

He trails American leader Tony Finau by seven strokes and expressed mild satisfaction with his performance, while at the same time adding that there was plenty of room for improvement.

"I still feel the same excitement, the same nerves," said the 42-year-old, who underwent spinal fusion surgery on his lower back last April. "It was fun to feel the competitive rush again.

"I didn't hit anything close, didn't give myself a lot of looks (for) and consequently didn't have a lot of chances for birdies."

A gallery of about 2000 people lined the first fairway to watch the 14-times major champion tee off on a course where he has won eight times.








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