Tiger Woods fires another 70, well off pace at Torrey Pines

Jan 25, 2019; San Diego, CA, USA; Tiger Woods plays his shot from the 12th tee during the second round of the Farmers Insurance Open golf tournament at Torrey Pines Municipal Golf Course - North Course. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

Tiger Woods fires another 70, well off pace at Torrey Pines

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Tiger Woods fires another 70, well off pace at Torrey Pines

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Tiger Woods is onto the weekend at the Farmers Insurance Open, but he’ll start well out of contention.

The 43-year-old fired a second straight 2-under 70, but this time at Torrey Pines’ more benevolent North Course, to get in the clubhouse at 4 under for 36 holes.

That will be enough to survive the cut (currently projected at 3 under), but Woods is currently T-45 and nine off the lead.

So, he will really need a strong Moving Day to have any chance at contention.

Friday’s round had potential but was marred by one big mistake.

Woods opened the day with a birdie at the par-5 10th and added another at the par-5 17th to move to 4 under overall. But a loose approach at the par-4 18th led to a plugged lie in a greenside bunker.

From there, Woods barely got the ball out, chipped to 10 feet and missed the bogey putt. The resulting double bogey dropped Woods to 2 under and outside the cutline.

Woods did recover from that brutal stall, birdieing the par-3 third by drizzling in a 25-footer. The breathing room from the cut (he was now one inside the cutline) helped and he proceeded to chip in at the par-4 fourth for back-to-back birdies and a move back to 4 under.

He had a great look at three straight at the par-5 fifth, but his 10-footer hit the right lip and rimmed out. He then nearly chipped in for birdie at the par-4 sixth, but when his ball hit the flagstick it ricocheted a few inches away from the cup. After that, it was three more pars to finish the round.

Overall, just a decent but unspectacular performance from Woods in his first start of 2019.

Maybe he’ll have some fireworks over the final 36. If not, it will be a pretty ho-hum start to his year.

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