Tiger’s Solid 2018 Debut at the Farmers Insurance Open



Adam Xiao, Senior National/School Sports Editor

All eyes were on Tiger Woods during his 2018 PGA Tour debut at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla, CA. It was Woods’ first official PGA Tour event since last year’s Farmers Insurance Open and it marked his first cut made on tour since the 2015 Wyndham Championship.

Woods’s rounds of 72 and 71 were good enough to make the weekend. Tiger made a very impressive birdie on his last hole Friday to just make the cut right on the number.

On Saturday and Sunday, Woods shot rounds of 70 and 72 to finish with a four day total of 3 under par and seven shots behind the winner, Jason Day. He finished T-23rd overall.

Woods said he was extremely happy with his performance and is equally excited for his next start.

“It felt so good to be back with the guys and compete again,” Woods wrote on his website. “Words can’t describe how much I missed it. Most importantly, I was pain-free.”

Woods’ T-23 also vaulted him up 108 spots in the Official World Golf Ranking, from No. 647 to No. 539. Of course, this isn’t a big deal to someone who has been world No. 1 a record 683 weeks, but it is the highest Woods has been ranked in two years. Woods was ranked as low as No. 1,199 before finishing T-9 last month at the Hero World Challenge to move up to No. 668.


His next event will be the 2018 Genesis Open at The Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles from Feb. 15-18.

“I’m very excited to be back at Riviera,” Woods said in a statement. “I haven’t played at Riviera in a tournament in a very long time. To be able to play in an event that I used to come to as an amateur, as a junior and now as the tournament host, that is on one of the most historic sites in all of golf, it’s a dream come true.”

Woods made his PGA Tour debut at Rivieria in 1992 as an amateur. He has played in the tournament 11 times (no wins), with his last showing in 2006.

Tiger Woods has not committed to any events beyond the Genesis Open yet.

What I found to be extremely impressive was that despite hitting only three of 14 fairways in each of his final three rounds, Woods managed to shoot par or better all four days. This shows that, though his drives were wayward for the most part, his scrambling ability has become reminiscent of the old Tiger.


All eyes were on Tiger, literally