Tiger Woods in danger of missing cut at Torrey Pines
- Author: Julie Sanders Jan 30, 2018,
Jan 30, 2018, 5:27
After grinding through Friday to make the cut on the number, Tiger Woods shot an even-par 72 in Sunday's Farmers Insurance Open finale to complete his first 72 holes of an official, full-field PGA Tour event in nearly three years.
Day and Noren both made birdies at the par-five 18 hole, after going birdie, birdie, par, par in the four playoff holes prior to that. Noren followed with a 5-foot birdie putt on the par-5 18th hole at Torrey Pines.
Tiger had to birdie his 36th hole to get into the weekend, and despite his grossness, he moved to joint 39th place from 65th after firing four birdies and two bogeys.
Woods, who started his round on No. 10, birdied the par-4 No. 5 to get to even par for the first time since early in his round.
Noren led the tournament by one stroke over Ryan Palmer entering Sunday's play, with Day three strokes behind in a seven-way tie for fifth. Canadians Corey Conners (-4), Ben Silverman (-4), and Adam Hadwin (-3) are all now projected to make the cut.
Tiger Woods's first PGA Tour event since undergoing a spinal fusion was pretty successful.
Woods was playing his first U.S. tour event since missing the cut at Torrey Pines past year.
This is only his second PGA Tour event since he tied for 10th in the Wyndham Championship in August 2015.
With the door open, Day was able to lay up with his second shot and then hit the wedge that effectively settled matters.
Woods again hit only three of 14 fairways on the South Course at Torrey Pines, but his short-game remained in good order as he mixed four birdies with as many bogeys to close on three-under par, good enough for an encouraging top-30 finish. It's nice to have two weeks off, but it's more important that I got this tournament under my belt where I can feel some of the things I need to work on because hometown speed versus game speed is two totally different things. "I had to fight for every score on every hole".
"It's been a long time coming", said Day, a former No. 1 player who won for the first time since 2016.
The long-hitter has a career-high world ranking of eighth, and is now 19th. "I fought my tail off and it was good stuff". "I missed one at 13, but I hit a lot of good ones, which is good, it's a good sign going into tomorrow".
Noren steadied but Palmer - who was chasing a fourth PGA TOUR win and first since January 2010 - dropped another shot on the next hole.