Farmers Insurance Open: Tiger Woods eight back in 2019 debut as Jon Rahm leads

first_img Workaholic Tiger Woods learning to rest as he prepares for 2019 debut The 43-year-old made his season debut at Torrey Pines Golf Course – the scene of Woods’ record seven Farmers Insurance Open titles though the last came in 2013 – on Thursday.Woods experienced a mixed opening round in San Diego, with the American star holding five birdies and three bogeys, to be eight strokes adrift of leader Rahm. Related News Tiger Woods carded a 2-under 70 in his first appearance of the 2019 PGA Tour season at the Farmers Insurance Open, where Jon Rahm set the early pace.Woods enjoyed a return to form last year, the 14-time major winner ending his five-year wait for a title by claiming the Tour Championship, having impressed at The Open and PGA Championship. The patrons had a feeling this one had chance.#LiveUnderPar pic.twitter.com/FK5lACfFnU— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) January 24, 2019In picture-perfect conditions, Woods needed six holes to make his first birdie on Torrey Pines’ South Course before collecting another at the ninth, having bogeyed the second.Woods went par-birdie-bogey-birdie after the turn, and he closed out the day with an 18th-hole birdie.Strong finish.@TigerWoods closes first round of the @FarmersInsOpen with a birdie.#QuickHits pic.twitter.com/6AGauwXH6V— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) January 24, 2019Rahm starred on the North Course – the Spaniard posting a 10-under 62 for a one-stroke lead heading into the second round.The day belonged to Rahm, who started his round with an eagle before following that up with another eagle and three birdies on the back nine.Rahm only dropped one shot as he reeled off four successive birdies to stay ahead of world No. 1 Justin Rose.What a leaderboard at the @FarmersInsOpen:1. @JonRahmpga, -10T2. @JustinRose99, -9T2. @DougGhim4. @ctpangolf, – 85. @JordanSpieth, -7Full scores: https://t.co/vZk1d8dmgT pic.twitter.com/jIVRh7TLzx— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) January 24, 2019Also playing the North Course, Rose completed a flawless round, which included seven birdies and an eagle for a 63 alongside Doug Ghim. Former world No. 1 Jordan Spieth ended the day in outright fifth position, three shots behind Rahm.Spieth missed the cut at the Sony Open but the three-time major champion fared better on Thursday after recording a 7-under 65.Jason Day opened his title defense with a first-round 67, while Rickie Fowler managed a 73 to be 1 over.last_img read more