Tiger Tracker: Woods fires 68 at Torrey Pines

Tiger Woods blast from the bunker on the par-5 sixth hole of the South Course at Torrey Pines during the first round of the Farmers Insurance Open golf tournament, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, in San Diego. Woods sank the shot for an eagle.

SAN DIEGO -- A week after a controversial missed cut in Abu Dhabi, Tiger Woods returned to Torrey Pines, the site of six of his PGA Tour victories, as well as his last major triumph.

And it was a solid one, as Woods shot 4-under 68 in his 2013 Tour debut Thursday at the Farmers Insurance Open.

"I thought it was the perfect conditions to do it," Woods said. "It wasn't blowing out there and the fairways we fast enough still, you could get the ball down there, and with a little bit of rain, the greens were pretty receptive."

Woods said his performance "wasn't far off" from the one he turned in last week in Abu Dhabi. He made double bogey at the par-4 fourth on the South Course, but turned things around quickly, making birdie at No. 5 and then holing out from a bunker for eagle at No. 6.

He made the turn at 4 under and got it as low as 6 under before two bogeys in his last four holes dropped him back to 4 under, three shots behind leaders Brandt Snedeker and K.J. Choi, who are at 7 under.

With Woods playing the easier and shorter North Course on Friday, he has a chance to make a run heading into the weekend. But rain in the forecast could affect scores.

"It's supposed to rain, but who knows?" Woods said. "We'll get out there tomorrow and play it by ear. If it's like this then obviously we'll have to go low. If it's a little more difficult then we probably won't have to as much."

Woods did not play this event in 2012, while finishing T-44 in 2011. Prior to that, he had never finished outside the top 10 in the tournament.

We took you through Woods' round on Thursday, as well as updates from the rest of the field that also includes Phil Mickelson and Brandt Snedeker:

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Hole No. 18, Par 5, 572 yards

This is not how Tiger wanted to finish the day, but he'll have a chance to get a shot – or two – back at this par 5.

• Off the tee: Tiger blasts this one, but it misses right, just shy of a fairway bunker. It will be interesting to see if Tiger can muscle this one on in two.

• Second shot: Tiger chooses to lay up and does so.

• Third shot: Tiger has about 100 yards left, so he'll hit wedge. He has water between his ball and the green, so he'll need to get it over that. Unfortunately for Woods, he hits over the green, too, finding the back greenside bunker.

• Around the green: Tiger gets on and will have 8 footer or so for par.

• On the green: No bogey here as Tiger saves par and wraps up a 4-under 68.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 4 under

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Hole No. 17, Par 4, 442 yards

Tiger still has some birdie opportunities out there with two holes to play.

• Off the tee: Tiger tries to hit a low draw with a fairway wood, but misses just left. He'll be playing his second shot from the rough.

• Approach shot: Tiger misses the green short after hitting his second from the rough. He'll have a chip from the rough coming up.

• Around the green: Tiger is a little aggressive with this chip and runs it about 5 feet by.

• On the green: It's actually closer to 7 feet and Tiger leaves this one low and right. He makes bogey.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 4 under

• Elsewhere on the course: K.J. Choi has joined the mix at T-2. Choi just birdied No. 7 on the South Course and is 6 under with two to play.

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Hole No. 16, Par 3, 227 yards

Tiger drops to two back of Snedeker, but there's still a couple birdies out there with three holes left.

• Off the tee: Tiger has hit 12 of 15 greens so far and he makes it 13 of 16, hitting a 5-iron pin-high, about 12 feet left of the hole.

• On the green: Tiger starts it out too straight and the ball breaks too much left-to-right, just missing the hole. Tiger settles for par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 5 under

• Elsewhere on the course: Mike Weir is back to 6 under after a birdie on No. 8 on the North Course.

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Hole No. 15, Par 4, 477 yards

Tiger holds the course record on the South Course with a 10-under 62. He'll need to birdie these next four holes to match that.

• Off the tee: Tiger misses right and it hits a tree just off the fairway.

• Approach shot: Tiger ends up behind the tree. He'll have to cut this one quite a bit to find the green. It doesn't cut enough and Tiger misses left, just shy of the gallery. He'll have a good chance at getting up-and-down for par, though.

• Around the green: Tiger has a lot of green to work with, but goes with the flop and tries to spin it back right at the hole. It doesn't quite bite near the hole and Tiger will have a 10 footer for par.

• On the green: Tiger puts the right amount of speed on it, but leaves the par save a little low, missing left. He settles for bogey.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 5 under

• Elsewhere on the course: Tiger drops from T-2 to T-8. That's because there's a six-way tie for second now. That group includes Luke List, Charles Howell III and Billy Horschel.

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Hole No. 14, Par 4, 435 yards

Tiger is 4 under on the par 5s today, and he still has one more left this round. He currently has the lowest number on the South Course so far as he moves on to No. 14.

• Off the tee: Ball meet fairway. Tiger sends this one down the middle.

• Approach shot: Tiger sticks another approach within 15 feet or so, and that was about as good as he could do with a far-left pin location.

• On the green: This birdie putt looks good, breaking right-to-left, but it catches the right lip and lips outs. Tiger save par, though, to stay a shot back.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 6 under

• Elsewhere on the course: A pair of Canadians at T-2 in Mike Weir and Adam Hadwin. Weir, the former major winner, is 6 under through 15 holes on the North Course while Hadwin is finished with a 6-under 66 on the North Course. Also, Tiger's playing competitor, Rickie Fowler, has two straight birdies to work his way back to 3 over. It hasn't been a good day overall, though, for Fowler.

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Hole No. 13, Par 5, 541 yards

Tiger is now T-3 after that birdie at No. 12. He's now got a par 5 coming up and it seems like Tiger is kicking it into full gear now since that double bogey at No. 4.

• Off the tee: Tiger got into trouble with the driver last hole after a nice little run with the stick. He got back in a rhythm with this one, which is right down the middle.

• Second shot: Tiger has just more than 200 yards left and he pounds a 6-iron onto the green. He's a long ways from the pin, though, which is located all the way on the left side of the green.

• On the green: Tiger gives it a good ride and the ball misses a few inches right, rolling to about 4 feet past. Tiger recovers for the birdie and is now one shot back of the lead.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 6 under

• Elsewhere on the course: Charles Howell III just made a 10 footer for birdie at the par-3 sixth on the North Course, and he's now 7 under and tied with Brandt Snedeker for the lead. Snedeker is in the clubhouse with a 7-under 65. His playing competitor, Phil Mickelson, just wrapped up an even-par 72.

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Hole No. 12, Par 4, 477 yards

Tiger still two back of the lead heading into No. 12 as the sun continues to peak out from behind the clouds in La Jolla. It's been overcast and damp all day. Tiger still has the sweater on, though.

• Off the tee: Tiger's driver has been working lately, but not here. His tee shot goes way right. He's in a clearing right of the trees. We'll see what type of opening he has for his second shot.

• Approach shot: From just shy of 200 yards, Tiger skies a 6-iron around the trees and to about 5 feet of the cup. Great shot. Rivals the eagle from the bunker at No. 6.

• On the green: After a nice save from the rough on that approach, Tiger has a nice look at birdie. Not much to this one and Tiger sinks it.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 5 under

• Elsewhere on the course: Despite the birdie Tiger is still two shots back of the lead. That's because Brandt Snedeker, the defending champion, is 7 under through 17 holes on the North Course. Snedeker only has the par-5 ninth left in his round, which includes seven birdies to no bogeys. Snedeker is one shot ahead of Charles Howell III, who is at 6 under.

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Hole No. 11, Par 3, 221 yards

Tiger just missed that last putt for a chance to move into a tie for second place behind leader Charles Howell III (6 under). It'll be tough to get a birdie at this long par 3.

• Off the tee: Tiger finds the green, but he'll have a lengthy birdie try coming up.

• On the green: Tiger leaves it a little low, as the ball breaks a little more right than Woods expected. Good speed, though, and Tiger has a tap-in for par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 4 under

• Elsewhere on the course: Phil Mickelson's troubles continued at No. 7 on the North Course. Lefty went right into the gallery and his second shot hit a tree and bounced into the fairway, about where most drives end up. His third shot found the green about 10 feet away and Phil was able to save par, but it's still not pretty out there for Mickelson, who is 1 over.

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Hole No. 10, Par 4, 405 yards

Tiger plays his first nine holes of the 2013 PGA Tour season in 4 under, and that included a double bogey. He's playing the South Course, typically the easier of the two courses being played today, so he's in good position as he looks to close his back nine strong.

• Off the tee: Another drive, another ball down the center of the fairway for Woods.

• Approach shot: Tiger hits this approach about pin high and just to the left. He'll have a 10 footer or so for birdie.

• On the green:Looks like a straight putt and Tiger thinks so too, but the ball breaks slightly left-to-right and runs about 3 feet by the hole. Looked like the ball took a couple small bounces, too. Tough break for Tiger, who settles for par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 4 under

• Elsewhere on the course: Phil Mickelson just got into a little more trouble. Lefty had about a 1 or 2 footer for par at the par-3 sixth on the North Course, but his par putt caught the left edge and lipped out. Phil would make bogey to drop to 1 over.

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Hole No. 9, Par 5, 613 yards

Tiger is really getting into a groove on the greens. Other than a three-putt at No. 4, he's been real solid with the putter. Next up is the long, par-5 ninth.

• Off the tee: Tiger smashes his driver long and straight. Fairway finder.

• Second shot: Woods goes for it, but he doesn't like it as he hits a fairway wood left of the green and into a greenside bunker.

• Third shot: Tiger is playing well out of the sand today. His third shot from the bunker lands just in front of the cup and rolls to about 4 feet past.

• On the green: Just a short birdie putt for Tiger and he sinks it.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 4 under

• Elsewhere on the course: It's getting crowded atop the leaderboard with five guys at 5 under. Among them is Charles Howell III, who lost in a playoff last week at Humana.

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Hole No. 8, Par 3, 176 yards

Tiger missed an opportunity to stick one close on the last hole, but now he has a par 3 to try and make up for missing his second green of the day.

• Off the tee: Tiger chooses 7-iron and lands it past the hole and watches as the slope carries it a little left and back.

• On the green: Tiger has about a 12 footer for birdie. He gives it a nice roll and the ball breaks a little left-to-right and right into the hole for a birdie.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 under

• Elsewhere on the course: Tag Ridings made an ace at the par-3 third on the South Course earlier. Now he's 5 under and tied for the lead with Luke List and Brandt Snedeker.

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Hole No. 7, Par 4, 462 yards

Well, that was a pretty good shot, and it's put that double bogey a couple holes ago in the distance.

• Off the tee: Slight dogleg right here and Tiger takes driver, pounding down the midle of the fairway.

• Approach shot: Tiger finds another greenside bunker after leaving a short iron short of the green.

• Around the green: Tiger doesn't hole this one, but gets it close and sets up an easy par save.

• On the green: And par it is.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under

• Elsewhere on the course: K.J. Choi putting together a nice little round. Choi is 4 under through seven holes, a shot back of leaders Brandt Snedeker and Luke List. Snedeker just saved par from 15 feet at No. 4. His playing competitor Phil Mickelson did not, however, bogeying No. 4 and dropping back to even.

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Hole No. 6, Par 5, 560 yards

Good rebound for Tiger on No. 5. He's back to even and now gets a crack at his first par 5 of the tournament.

• Off the tee: Tiger pulls out driver and absolutely smashes it. He'll have about 240 yards left.

• Second shot: Tiger hits fairway wood and misses the green right. He's in a greenside bunker.

• Third shot: Tiger is in the sand and he won't have to worry about getting his putter this hole, as he holes one for eagle from the bunker. The crowd – and Tiger – liked that one.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under

• Elsewhere on the course: Phil Mickelson is 1 under through 11 holes on the North Course. That includes three birdies and two bogeys after starting on the back nine. Also, Rickie Fowler got up-and-down from the rough for birdie at No. 6 to move to 2 over.

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Hole No. 5, Par 4, 453 yards

That one hurt as Tiger falls two shots. His playing competitors, Rickie Fowler and Nick Watney, are both 1 over, meaning the day's featured group is a combined 4 over.

• Off the tee: Tiger finally ends the woes off the tee, finding the middle of the fairway.

• Approach shot: Tiger's approach gives him a great opportunity to get back to even. He'll have about 10 feet for birdie.

• On the green: Tiger has to hit this easy as it's a little downhill. It's straight, though, and Tiger finds the bottom of the cup for birdie.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even

• Elsewhere on the course: Brandt Snedeker has five birdies in his first 10 holes on the North Course. He's at 5 under and tied for the lead with Bryce Molder. Also near the top of the leaderboard are Vijay Singh (4 under), Nicolas Colsaerts (3 under) and Keegan Bradley (3 under), who has turned things around after opening the round with a bogey at No. 10 on the North Course.

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Hole No. 4, Par 4, 471 yards

Tiger is a perfect 3 for 3 in greens hit so far. As he walks to the fourth tee here's the view from behind the third green from our Sean Martin: "@GolfweekSMartin: Great view from behind the third green at Torrey Pines South... pic.twitter.com/tsEvVKwm."

• Off the tee: Tiger goes left off the tee again, finding the left rough. He hasn't hit a fairway yet.

• Approach shot: Tiger misses his first green of the day and it cold cost him. Woods misses right and into the gallery. It'll be a tough up-and-down from there.

• Around the green: Tiger chips onto the green but will have a 40 footer for par.

• On the green: Tiger doesn't save par, and he doesn't save bogey, either, as Woods three-putts for a double bogey. He ran his first putt about 6 feet by and missed the comeback putt.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over

• Elsewhere on the course: Defending champion Brandt Snedeker is 3 under through eight holes on the North Course. Snedeker, who started on the back nine, is one shot behind solo leader Jimmy Walker, who is 4 under through nine holes on the North Course.

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Hole No. 3, Par 3, 198 yards

Tiger is playing well after nearly missing what would have been a second straight birdie putt.

Off the tee: Tiger's tee shot finds the green, but he'll again have a long birdie putt.

On the green: Tiger misses the long birdie putt and settles for a par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under

• Elsewhere on the course: Nicholas Thompson and Bo Van Pelt have joined Bryce Molder in the lead at 3 under. Thompson and Van Pelt have both made the turn on the North Course, although Thompson started his day at No. 10.

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Hole No. 2, Par 4, 387 yards

Great start for Tiger, who makes his first birdie of the 2013 PGA Tour season on his first hole. Tiger doubled No. 1 three times back at the 2008 U.S. Open.

Off the tee: Tiger's tee ball again goes left, but this time he's in the rough.

Approach shot: Tiger finds his second straight green, but has another long birdie putt coming up.

• On the green: Tiger just barely misses the birdie. He taps in for par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under

• Elsewhere on the course: Bryce Molder is your current leader at 3 under. Molder is through six holes on the North Course. Also, Phil Mickelson has worked his way back to even with a birdie at the par-5 14th on the North Course.

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Hole No. 1, Par 4, 452 yards

Tiger will play on the South Course at Torrey Pines today. Woods is wearing a beige sweater over an orange polo along with dark beige slacks, white shoes and a white hat.

Off the tee: Tiger's first drive of the 2013 PGA Tour season finds the left fairway bunker. With the slight dogleg right Tiger needed to keep it left, just missed a little too much left.

Approach shot: Tiger's approach finds the green, although he'll have a long birdie putt.

On the green: Tiger makes the long birdie putt. Good start for Woods.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under

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Update No. 5: 1:17 p.m. EST

We're finally back to talking about Phil Mickelson on the golf course. Mickelson is 1 over through three holes after starting on No. 10 on the North Course. The bogey came at the par-3 12th. Still a lot of golf left, though, for Lefty.

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Update No. 4: 1:11 p.m. EST

Graham DeLaet has birdied three of his first five holes on the North Course (Nos. 1, 4 and 5) and has a two-shot lead on the field at 3 under. DeLaet hasn't gotten off to the best of starts this season, though. He missed the cut at the Sony Open before finishing T-65 at Humana.

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Update No. 3: 12:40 p.m. EST

Dustin Johnson is playing for the first time since withdrawing from the Sony Open two weeks ago. Johnson, who won the season-opening Hyundai Tournament of Champions, is even through one hole (No. 10 on the North Course). Johnson's best finish at the Farmers came in 2011 when he finished T-3.

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Update No. 2: 12:26 p.m. EST

Bo Van Pelt missed the cut at last year's Farmers Insurance Open. Van Pelt, who finished No. 23 in the 2012 FedEx Cup standings, has birdied his opening hole of the day – No. 1 on the North Course at Torrey Pines. Van Pelt is tied five others, including Nicholas Thompson and Graham DeLaet, at 1 under early in La Jolla.

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Update No. 1: 11.51 a.m. EST

We're just minutes away from the first tee time and we've already had a player withdraw. That player is 2012 Masters champ Bubba Watson, who has informed officials that he has pulled out of the tournament due to the flu. The 2011 Farmers champ fought through flu-like symptoms a little more than two weeks ago at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.

Billy Mayfair will take his place as an alternate and join Phil Mickelson and Brandt Snedeker, who are schedule to tee off at 12:30 p.m. EST.

@BubbaWatson: "Pulling out of tourney this morning, don't have energy for golf. Feel the same as Maui. Got to say thanks to my peeps for the prayers!"

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Pre-tournament coverage

TEE TIMES: A look at the tee times for Rounds 1 and 2 at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines. Pairings.

RECOVERY: Apparently Phil Mickelson realized there many less fortunate than he, apologizing Wednesday for the second day in a row he said his public remarks were insensitive to “people who do not have jobs or live paycheck to paycheck.” Story.

'INSENSITIVE:' Give Phil Mickelson credit for his creativity. He obviously put some thought into his first public comments since he caused a small uproar over taxes. Story.

FIRST START: Steven Fox earned a sponsor exemption into the Farmer's Insurance Open courtesy of his victory at the U.S. Amateur. Fox said he just wants to make contact on the first tee. Story.

ADDRESSING THE ISSUE: PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem addressed the media Wednesday morning to discuss the previous night’s players meeting and the Tour’s reaction to the proposed anchoring ban. Story.

PREDICTIONS: Tiger returns to the site of six of his PGA Tour victories, while the red-hot Charles Howell III will look to pick up that elusive win, while FedEx Cup champ Brandt Snedeker is primed to defend his title. Story.

MAKING HIS DEBUT: Jordan Spieth will make his PGA Tour debut as a professional this week at the Farmers Insurance Open after receiving a sponsor exemption. Story.

RETURNING TO THE SCENE: A six-time winner at Torrey Pines, Tiger Woods addressed everything from missing the cut last week, the course and Phil Mickelson's tax dilemma. 5 Things.

NOTEBOOK: Rich Beem, who failed to earn his full-time PGA Tour card at Q-School in December, will be making trips to India and Panama as he looks to earn his way back onto the big tour. Story.

ODDS: Tiger Woods finds himself in a familiar position as the favorite at the Farmers Insurance Open for the second time in the last three years. Story.

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