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.
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.
Woods was on schedule for pars at No. 14 and No. 15 before one of his first bad misses of the day off the tee on No. 16. Woods was able to salvage a par there and then get the people going with a birdie on the par-5 17th
Unfortunately, Woods gave a stroke right back thanks to a bad chip shot at the 18th to finish his first nine with an even par score of 36.
Woods' second nine (the front nine on the North Course) featured a methodical approach that gave him several safe birdie looks with only a few holes where he had to scramble to save par. The frustrations of the bogey on No. 18 were quickly channeled into better play that set the tone for the side with a birdie on No. 1.
The Farmers Insurance Open is a professional golf tournament on the PGA Tour, played in the San Diego, California, area in the early part of the season known as the "West Coast Swing", held from 23 to 26 January 2020.