The West Coast swing of the 2020 golf season is well under way, but the 2020 Farmers Insurance Open ups the ante a bit as Tiger Woods makes his first appearance since the calendar has turned. Not only that, but a loaded field at Torrey Pines should lead to some fantastic action over the course of four rounds in California.
Joining Woods in trolling the La Jolla, California, course are Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm, Rickie Fowler, Hideki Matsuyama and many of the world’s best golfers. McIlroy enters as the favorite at 6-1 with Woods coming in at 12-1. Considering Tiger has eight wins at this course — most recently the 2013 Farmers — and has been playing some great golf as of late, it would not be a surprise to see him make a play at winning his first event of the year.
CBS Sports will be with you the entire way Thursday updating this story with scores, analysis and highlights from Round 1, particularly while Woods is on the course. Be sure to check out the live updating Farmers Insurance Open leaderboard.
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Tiger with an absolute DART into the green on No. 1. stuffs it to within 10 feet and buries the birdie putt to move to -1
and just when things were starting to look good for Tiger he gives back a stroke at the 18th for a 36 on his first nine holes. on to the front nine of the North Course to try and get back in the game as his playing partner, Jon Rahm, pushes the lead with 4 birdies and 5 pars through nine holes.
speaking of the lead, Jon Rahm holds the solo lead at -4 after this fourth birdie through 8 holes
while the par on the opening par-5 10th was disappointing, Woods is able to finish this first nine with a score on one of the two par-5s. The North Course 18 is where players need to shoot in the 60s if they want to win, so Woods’ two birdies in the last five holes have been crucial to keeping pace with the leaders
birdie at the par-5 17th has Tiger now into the top 25 at 1-under!
after a par at 15, Tiger has one of his first bad misses off the tee at 16.
Tiger now 4 shots back still at E after a par at 14. on to the par-3 15th
a birdie at 14 moves Rahm to 2-under, now two strokes off Charley Hoffman’s lead of 4-under
Hoffman and Hadley out into the lead now at -3
good birdie looks for Rahm and Morikawa come up short, but Tiger’s back to even with a birdie
only three players at -2 on the two courses right now:
Jhonattan Vegas (North Course)
Chesson Hadley (South Course)
Doc Redman (North Course)
Charley Hoffman (North Course)
of course Charley Hoffman. if it’s the early hours of a big-name event, Hoffman’s probably near the top of the leaderboard
Rahm slowly rolls his birdie try up a hill but will tap-in for par
Woods’ birdie try was on line but comes up a couple balls short of the cup. nice two-putt par for Tiger, while Morikawa a par putt of couple feet coming up.
really massive and daunting green complex at No. 12 on the North Course. Only Rahm seems to be in a comfortable spot with today’s pin placement, Woods and Morikawa have some work to do with birdie tries at the 203-yard par-3