If anything else, Tiger Woods proved that he’s still clutch when he birdied the final hole to make the cut at the Farmers Insurance Open.
The former No. 1 shot a one-under 71 on the always challenging Torrey Pines’ North Course, making just enough to extend his stay through the weekend after a mediocre even-par 72 on the opening round.
The last time Woods competed in the PGA Tour was in the Wyndham Championship back in August 2015. He tied for 10th to make the cut then.
According to the report, his stint in the tour appeared to be short after a double-bogey 6 on the fourth hole. But he rallied in the second half to extend his comeback a little more. The final hole included a 75-foot heave back on the green after a recovery.
“That’s Tiger Woods at his best right there, to make it happen,” professional golfer Charley Hoffman said. “It’s fun to see the energy out here again. Not saying it wasn’t here at all but when he’s out here it’s something special.”
Woods tested the waters at the Hero Challenge in Bahamas last month after a long recovery following a fourth back surgery that sidelined him for most of last year. The surgery was called spinal fusion, which reportedly eased off the pain he was feeling on his back and leg.
In November last year, Woods talked about his comeback after the spinal fusion procedure. He said that while he attempted several comebacks before, it’s different this time since he’s already seeing the return of the power of his swings. He likened his past competitions as like “playing in slow-mo.”
“I didn’t realize the slow, degrading nature of my back and how bad it had gotten to,” he added. “It was a slow process and I just didn’t truly understand how far I’d fallen in that regard.”