SAN DIEGO – During his 63 holes, Tiger Woods seemed out of place in his debut in 2019 lurking on one of his favorite golf courses.
On his beloved Torrey Pines golf course overlooking the Pacific, Woods failed to take flight at its annual launch, the Farmers Insurance Open, a tournament he owns, with a record seven titles .
While Mother Nature was playing perfectly at each round, Woods remained in the fog. He did not even wear his usual red sunday, the color palette of stripes screaming pink more than any other type of red imaginable.
Still, without any winning shot, Woods played a game in the game on the last day. Instead of tidying up and counting the minutes before arriving at his private jet and heading to his Florida resort, he set himself the goal of charging – he wanted to finish double digits under the by.
And for a week indifferent, marked by the frustration related to his putter, Woods has completed its last nine holes and left with a little jump in the footsteps.
With birdies on five of his last eight holes – including the last two – Woods looked like he was winning the league title, which marks the end of the season, his first win since 2013. L & # 39; explosion of red numbers brought him to 10 cents for the tournament. something to grasp on his next departure.
"I have to have those little goals when I do not pretend to win a tournament, but still a positive result to finish the weekend and the week," Woods said after firing bullets 70-70-71-67 to tied for 20th place. "I understood a few points as the week unfolded. I felt like I was getting better each day. I have become cleaner, my rounds are cleaner and that's what I want.
World No. 1 Justin Rose, who tied the 36- and 54-hole records, defeated Adam Scott to win his 10th PGA Tour title. With runs of 63-66-69-69, he finished at 21 under and two in a row over Scott, who finished with four birdies. Rose, the reigning FedExCup champion, finished 13th in the top 10 in her last 17 world starts.
After not playing for seven weeks, Woods has not made it happen until late Sunday. By the beginning of Thursday's 18-hole race, Woods could no longer surround his huge legs with anything. He lamented his work on the greens, where a good putt after the other did not go away. His work with the improved version of his TaylorMade P7TW irons was of mediocre quality and led him to admit that he felt "a little out of the way" in this area, claiming he was not "as clean" I want it "because of the impact.
All in all, the lion's share of the week was felt like a groundhog day, with Woods waking up with an icy putter and cold irons and feeling disappointed to have to walk in almost every greens. He was eight in the first round, eleven after the second and thirteen after the third. Not having the chance to win equipment has tarnished his mind, especially when well-struck putts continued to touch the edges of the cup. But Woods dug and was happy that his new driver, the latest TaylorMade model, worked well.
"It's nice to see the last nine holes come to an end, especially when he could not do the rest of the week, mostly because of the putter," said Joe LaCava, Woods' caddy. "Every part of his game is close and every part of his game requires a bit of work. I have seen progress every day. "
Similarly, Woods, who is making his next start on February 14th at the opening of the Genesis Open at the Riviera Country Club north of Los Angeles. He's going to tinker here and there, as he did last year, when he built his body and game after returning from spinal fusion surgery. He no longer has any health problems and will get back to work shortly after returning to the Sunshine State.
"I did not start as I wanted this week, I was not as keen as I wanted, but every day it got a little better," said Woods. "If you look at where I was on Thursday and where I am on Sunday, I improved a little bit. I started to have the sensation of hitting the golf ball under the speed of the tournament. I drove the ball better, hitting my irons a little cleaner. I hit good putts, some did not enter, others.
"I have some work to do for L.A. I'll be ready in a few weeks."