LA JOLLA, Calif. – What might the odds have been that Tiger Woods, Jason Day and Dustin Johnson would spend two days together at Torrey Pines and all three of them would miss the 36-hole cut at the Farmers Insurance Open?
It happened Friday, cutting short Woods’ celebrated return to the PGA Tour after 17 months away.
Woods shot even-par 72 in cool, breezy conditions on the shorter North Course Friday but his 4-over par total cost him the weekend, which is also without Day, Johnson and Rickie Fowler.
“I felt like today was nice to make some positive strides with some of the shots I hit,” Woods said. “I hit some beautiful putts that didn’t go in and could have changed the momentum of the round. … I was close.”
Woods hit 10 of 14 fairways on Friday, a noticeable improvement from the four he hit in the first round but he never generated any momentum. Neither did anyone else in their high-profile group.
“We were talking about it during the back nine, we just need one to go in, like any of us, just one of us, just make one for the whole group and we can all get going and none of us did,” Woods said.
Woods didn’t answer all the questions swirling around his return but he left on a generally encouraging note.
“Today was better so we’re seeing signs, more fairways, more solid shots,” Woods’ caddie, Joe LaCava said.
Woods said he feels like his game has improved since he played in the Bahamas in December and his back handled the strain of hitting too often from the thick rough at Torrey Pines. The next test is how it handles a 17-hour flight to Dubai for next week’s event.
“I’m trying to get ready for the first full week in April,” Woods said. “That’s where eventually I want to have everything come together. That’s the plan. Unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to win this tournament on the weekend but I have next week.”