Justin Rose stroked a 7-under 65 to take the Day One lead at the Farmers Insurance Open being held in Torrey Pines, California.
All eyes were on Tiger Woods as he returned to his first regular action since August of 2015. Woods staggered to a 4-over 76 and is tied for 133rd place.
It was a wild round for Rose. He shot two eagles in a five-hole stretch on the front nine, then gave up two strokes with consecutive bogeys on 14 and 15 down the stretch.
Rose takes a 1-stroke lead into Friday over Canada’s Adam Hadwin, who put up a 1-bogey round. The 29-year-old rebounded from the bogey on No. 12 with consecutive birdies on 13, 14, and 15.
Seventy-six players are at least one stroke under par, including American Phil Mickelson (-1) playing for the first time since his second sports hernia surgery. Mickelson was 1-over after 15 holes, then birdied 16 and 17 to get under par
Woods bogeyed his first hole on the day, then complete the front nine with eight straight pars. He looked on form when he birdied 10 and 11 back to back to get to 1-under, but was a mess from there, bogeying 12, 13, and 14, then double-bogeying 15 to balloon up to 4-over. He was up to 5-over with another bogey on 17 before birdying No. 18 to pull back one stroke.
“Well, it was tough out there, period,” said Woods, who failed to hit a single fairway on the back nine and hit only four for the round. “I was in the rough most of the day and it was tough. It was wet.
“The very first hole, OK, here we go. We’ve got a ball that’s sitting into the grain. Not only was it into the grain, but it was buried underneath there and it was going from left to right, which that’s the path I needed to take. So I’m like OK, this is the very first hole. Let’s not do this anymore. Unfortunately, I did it most of the day.”