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Tuesday 17 July 2018

Woods shows fighting spirit with top-30 finish after driver issues

Tiger Woods motions to the crowd after a putt on the 14th green. Photo: Donald Miralle/Getty Images
Tiger Woods motions to the crowd after a putt on the 14th green. Photo: Donald Miralle/Getty Images

Brian Keogh

Tiger Woods proved he's far from finished as a competitive force when he scrambled his way to a top 30 finish in the Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego.

After making his first cut in a PGA Tour event for 888 days, the 14-time Major winner (42) followed a two-under 70 on Saturday with a level-par 72 at Torrey Pines' South Course last night to finish tied 27th in the clubhouse on three-under par.

The former world No 1 struggled with the driver, hitting just 17 fairways all week - eight in the first round and three on each of the last three days - to be ranked last in the field.

But while his waywardness from the tee made it tough to create makeable birdie chances, he hit the ball closer last night as he mixed four birdies with four bogeys.

Power

Out in one-under after sandwiching bogeys at the 15th and 17th between birdies at the 14th, 16th and 18th, he showed that he still has plenty of power.

Averaging just over 300 yards from the tee, he hit eight drives over 300 yards last night, including a 358-yard rocket down the first and a 352-yard effort at the second, which he converted into a birdie three.

While he bogeyed the fourth and seventh after wayward drives coming home, there was no sign either of the chipping yips that afflicted him on his previous PGA Tour appearance at Torrey Pines 12 months ago.

It's clear that if he can find more fairways in his next outing in the Genesis Open at Riviera Country Club less than three weeks' time, there is hope for him going forward.

Irish Independent

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