Torrey specialist Tiger happy with opening 68

Thu Jan 24, 2013 10:41pm EST
 

By Mark Lamport-Stokes

SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - Not even two bogeys in his last four holes could spoil Tiger Woods's day at the Farmers Insurance Open, the six-times champion declaring himself happy with a four-under-par 68 in the opening round on Thursday.

Back at one of his favorite venues, the former world number one thrilled the huge galleries watching his every move as he got to six under with a storming seven-under run from the fifth to the 13th before ending the day three strokes off the pace.

Significantly, Woods had started out on the more difficult South Course and he will aim to make much greater in-roads when he tackles the more vulnerable North layout in Friday's second round.

"I am (happy)," the 14-times major winner told reporters after a round that included six birdies, an eagle at the sixth, two bogeys and a double-bogey at the fourth left him three shots behind fellow American Brandt Snedeker and South Korean KJ Choi.

"I had it to six (under), and I had a beautiful putt at (hole) 14 to get it to seven," he said of a 16-foot birdie putt which slid past the cup.

"After being one under and then one over, to battle back and get to six at one point was a good job."

Asked what score he had in mind for his second round on Friday on the easier North layout, he replied: "It depends on the weather. If it blows, it's supposed to blow and rain, but it didn't materialize today, so we'll see what happens tomorrow."

Woods made a fast start on a damp and overcast morning, sinking a 25-foot birdie putt at the par-four first that prompted one fan to yell out: "Yeah baby."   Continued...

 
U.S. golfer Tiger Woods chips onto the 4th green of the south course at Torrey Pines during first round play at the Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego, California, January 24, 2013. REUTERS/Mike Blake