It was a solid start to the 2013 PGA Tour season for Tiger Woods, who finished his opening round of the Farmers Insurance Open at 4-under. Woods was composed and steady through much of his round, working his way around the South Course at Torrey Pines in 68. He's three shots back of co-leaders Brandt Snedeker and K.J. Choi.
Woods had an up-and-down front nine, hitting wayward drives left on his first three holes. He made a mess of the fourth, hitting his approach shot into the gallery, and then three-putting for double-bogey. But Woods stormed back from that slip-up, playing the final five holes of his front nine in 5-under. His work out of the sand trap saved him on three separate occasions, specifically on No. 6 when he rolled in a bunker shot for eagle to get back into red figures.
Woods would cool down a bit on the back side, coming in with a 36. He carded back-to-back birdies on No. 13 and No. 14, but gave those two shots back with bogeys on No. 15 and No. 17. It was looking like he may drop another shot on the par-5 18th, but he got up-and-down out of the bunker behind the green to save par and finish 4-under. He was a perfect four-for-four in sand saves.
It's a solid score for Woods, who now gets the much shorter and easier North Course on Friday. That's where the eventual champions at this tourney almost always go low, and Woods can certainly build on his 68 from the tougher South Course on Thursday. After the round, he said the conditions were perfect for a good number there. He'll want a number in the mid-60s tomorrow to set himself up for the weekend and a potential eighth victory at this event.
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