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Woods just makes the cut at Torrey Pines

27 January 2018

5 and 7 got Woods back into red numbers, but an untimely bogey on the par-3 8th pushed him back to even par, one off the cut line.

He had a huge spectator following ducking for cover right from the outset with a wild drive left that came to rest close to the event Media Centre and located between the first fairway of the South Course and the 10th hole of the North Course. He hit his tee shot into the gallery, lowering his head and clinching up in frustration.

This is 42-year-old Woods' first official tournament appearance since undergoing a fusion of his lower spine last April.

Tiger Woods got off to a bad start in the second round of the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines and things got even worse, leaving him in danger of missing the cut.

When he got to his closing nine holes, the game within a game was on, and he would need to climb out of a 2-over-par hole. On Thursday he was 1 for 5 on sand saves, so he did himself a favor and just avoided the sand completely on Friday. His eagle attempt from 50 feet was inches short and he tapped that in for birdie.

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Great golf all over Torrey Pines, but you hardly would have known it because it seemed like nine-tenths of the crowds were lining every fairway, tee box and green on which Woods played. Heavy with third shot but holed tricky 10-foot putt back.

He didn't have his best stuff from tee-to-green. He turned and swung his iron through the air in frustration.

Tiger Woods with a spot on flop shot.

While it is certainly a bit premature to say that Tiger Woods is back, he certainly began trending in the right direction on Friday when he birdied his final hole to make the cut at the Farmers Insurance Open. "It was a double breaking putt and just hung on the lip".

A seven at the par-five 18th (his ninth) proved detrimental - he found water with his third shot after laying up.

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And Day wasn't the only contestant getting plenty of attention as Tiger Woods put medical problems and an embarrassing run-in with the law behind him to turn in creditable rounds and just scrape through to make the cut. That was on the second hole, when his approach from the bunker landed six feet behind the hole and went over the back into light rough.

For Woods's hike from the hole back to the ball, he might have carried a canteen.

Same goes for Rahm, who's chasing that No. 1 ranking a year after being ranked 137th at this time and winning his first career PGA event here at Torrey Pines.

He opened with bogey, par, par on the South Course.

But he couldn't get out of trouble at the par-four 13th, his fourth hole of the day, after another tee shot went left into a scrub hazard. The Co Down man made four birdies and a bogey in 11 holes to move up to tied fifth on 10-under par when play was suspended until this morning.

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Woods is starting his season at a course that has been good to him over the years.

Woods just makes the cut at Torrey Pines