LA JOLLA, California: Tiger Woods birdied his final hole on Friday capping a back-nine rally that saw him make the cut in his return to the US PGA Tour at the Farmers Insurance Open.
The 14-time major champion wrestled four birdies from his last nine holes on the North Course at Torrey Pines, carding a one-under par 71.
That was just enough to make the cut — his first since the Wyndham Championship in August of 2015.
Since then Woods has battled back trouble that sidelined him for all of 2016. He is playing his first official tournament since missing the cut here last year in an abortive comeback bid that ended with spinal fusion surgery in April.
“I was grinding my way around the golf course today,” said Woods, who hit just three of 14 fairways and nine of 18 greens in regulation. “I fought hard. I was trying to post a number, which I was able to do.”
Woods was one shot outside the cut line when arrived at his final hole, the par-five ninth.
He was in the right rough off the tee and his second shot left him on the edge of the green, 75 feet from the pin.
He nestled his first putt a few feet from the cup and made that for the needed birdie — capping a 71 for a total of 143 and offering a big smile to cheering fans.
Woods was 10-shots off the 36-hole lead held by American Ryan Palmer, who carded a five-under par 67 on the North Course for 11-under 133.
Spain’s defending champion Jon Rahm, who could seize the world number one ranking from Dustin Johnson with a victory, carded a six-under 66 and was alone in second on 134.
Luke List carded a 66 to share third place on 135 with first-round leader Tony Finau, who carded a 70.