Tony Finau Leads Farmers; Tiger Woods Shoots 72
Tony Finau shot the quietest 7-under in human history on Thursday, doing so at the same tournament that saw Tiger Woods play his first tournament on US soil in more than a year.
Finau had nine birdie to counter a pair of bogeys to shoot a 65, putting him one stroke ahead of Ted Potter Jr. and Ryan Palmer.
Wood was 2-over through the first five holes before birdying #6 and #10 to get even. He bogeyed 13 before birdying 16. He’s tied for 72nd with the likes of Hideki Matsuyama and Rickie Fowler.
“It was fun; fun to be able to compete again,” Woods said. “It was to be out there. … I was probably a little bit rusty. I’ve got to hit my irons a little bit better than I did today,” he said. “I didn’t hit them very close. I didn’t give myself a lot of looks, and then it’s hard to make a lot of birdies when you’re not giving yourself any looks. I didn’t do that today. So tomorrow hopefully I drive it a little bit better, hit my irons a lot closer, and we’ve got the better of two greens tomorrow so we’ll see what happens.”
Patrick Reed, who is tied for 14th, played in Woods’ group along with Charley Hoffman. Reed, who was mentored by Woods at the Ryder Cup last year, was impressed with the 14-time Major winner’s performance.
“There were some things out there that were pretty cool to see,” said Reed. “He hit a high, tight draw driver. He hit that low cut that went miles. Some of those cuts he hit off the tee today were insanely long. You’re thinking a cut isn’t supposed to go that far. He’s hitting a flat cut out there 30 yards past your driver and you’re like, all right. …”
Woods has won the tournament at Torrey Pines six times in his career.