SAN DIEGO -- It was just a single tournament, but given all the positive vibes coming off his return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, there was considerable interest in how Tiger Woods would fare in his first PGA Tour event in a year at the Farmers Insurance Open.
They lined Torrey Pines' fairways and stood hundreds deep along its greens hours in advance of the first two rounds of the Farmers Insurance Open, drawn by the one man who, for better or worse, transcends the sport of golf.
There were several moments of self-deprecation, including when he told CBS' Dottie Pepper after the third round that he thought it was "gross,'' and later acknowledged that if his short game were not so strong "it would have been snowing on me,'' a reference to shooting in the 80s.
The driver clearly needs work, but Woods was surprisingly good off the tee at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas, hitting 65 percent of the fairways -- although they were considerably wider than at Torrey Pines and had virtually no rough to worry about.
When Woods rolled in a birdie putt at the 13th hole on Saturday, the clamor and cheering sounded like it was the back nine of a major on Sunday.
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