Well, the Big Cat is back. Tiger made his first PGA Tour appearance in 17 months, firing a disappointing 4-over 76, and putting himself in danger of getting cut. Tiger had a very rough time off the tee, hitting just four fairways all day, and none on the back nine. Woods opened with a bogey, before making 8 pars in a row to go just 1-over on the front nine. After birdies on 10 and 11 to get to 1-under, Tiger went 6 over on his next six holes, then made birdie on 18 to finish the day with a roller coaster +4. Not great, but really not terrible for a guy who hasn’t played on the Tour in almost a year and a half. Tiger will know what he needs to improve on, with almost all of his misses going right, but also can be happy with his impressive wedge and putter performance. Tiger will need to go low to make the cut tomorrow, but if he does get cut, he has several tournaments on his schedule over the next month. I would expect Tiger to improve as he begins to play more, and I think he can be competitive if he gets more consistent off the tee.
In non-Tiger news, Justin Rose leads after an impressive 7-under 65. The Englishman had six birdies and two eagles, as well as three bogeys on the Torrey Pines North Course. Adam Hadwin, fresh of of last weeks 59 at the CareerBuilder Challenge, is in second place at 6 under par. Five golfers are in a tie for third at 5 under par. Defending champion Brandt Snedeker is in a tie for 8th at -4.
Also, biggest news of the week is that Tiger has signed a club deal with Taylormade. Awesome introductory commercial: