Woods makes cut after 888 days, his last cut came at Wyndham in 2015
Tiger Woods makes cut at the most awaited Farmers Insurance Open on the PGA Tour at Torrey Pines, his favorite course and this came after 888 days of making the last cut at the Wyndham Championship in 2015.
Woods has been out of professional golf since he played at Omega Dubai Desert Classic in Feb. 2017 and had to pull out his name due to back pain, which later led to fusion surgery for the golfing legend.
Woods playing at his first event of the 2018 season after a T-9th finish at the Hero World Challenge with Matt Kuchar, where Rickie Fowler shot his personal best of 61 to clinch the title.
The 79-time PGA Tour winner entered the event with 887 days without making a cut and he was under pressure to shoot a birdie on the 9th to gain an official entry to the weekend at the Farmers Insurance Open, and as well know the Tiger and his abilities, there were no surprises as he did it and did it in style.
A brilliant lag from outside 80 feet left him just a short putt to get the job done and the people following him went nuts realising, they will get to see Woods for more two days at the event which he has won seven times.
“I just fought hard, that’s something that I’ve done my entire career, and this is no different,” Woods said post-round.
“I’ve been away from the game for a couple years, so it’s nice to get out there and just compete again.
“I’m still getting used to my feels, but that just takes more time under the fire. I still need more rounds under my belt.”
Woods still recovering from his fused back and is learning new things about his game and adjusting with his back, each passing day.
“How far certain shots are going, what my swing feels are going to be for certain shots, certain trajectories, those are all things a lot of these guys have already built in, they’ve been playing. I’m just starting out,” Woods explained.
“It’s one thing to do it at home, it’s totally another thing to do it out here. I for one reason hit the ball further in competition because of adrenaline and that was the case, but how much further?”
Woods is currently at 1-under 143, touching the cut line for a T-65th finish on Friday.
Ryan Palmer, the new leader
Ryan Palmer took over the lead by a shot over Jon Rahm, who is looking forward to being World No.1 passing Dustin Johnson with a win here. Rahm won Career Builder Challenge last week in a playoff running for four holes against Andrew Landry, placing him in the second position on the OWGR.
Palmer fired five-under 67 for the day consisting two brilliant eagles on the ninth and 17th holes, aided by four birdies and two bogeys to take the solo lead at 11-under 133.
Tony Finau, who led the field in the opening round slipped two spots for a T-3rd finish on Friday with Luke List, playing at the South Course, and liked by Finau over the North Course. Finau added 2-under 70 on Friday taking his total to 9-under 135, two shots back from the leader.
Anirban Lahiri has been successful in making the cut at the Farmers Insurance Open with 1-under 143, with a 72 on Friday. Lahiri is tied for the 65th position with Woods, Camillo Villegas, Chesson Hadley, Bud Cauley, Kevin Tway, Cameron Tringale, Billy Horschel, Brandt Snedeker, Sung Kang, Robert Streb, Nick Taylor, and James Hahn.
So, Tiger fans have got their wish fulfilled, seeing him for a longer duration at the course competing, and who knows even winning. Feast your eyes, people.