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Tiger Woods leaves Torrey Pines encouraged for 2018

Kirk Kenney, The San Diego Union-Tribune on

Published in Golf

SAN DIEGO -- Tiger Woods said he was "very pleased" with himself Sunday after completing four rounds of official tournament golf for the first time in 28 months.

Woods carded an even-par 72 in the final round of the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines, leaving him at 3 under for the tournament. Woods trailed leader Alex Noren by nine strokes as he walked off the course.

Contending for the championship was almost an afterthought this week for Woods, who has been sidelined most of the past two years by a bad back that has required four surgeries.

After missing the cut last year, missing the tournament in 2016 and failing to finish the first round in 2015, this was Tiger's best tour of Torrey since winning a record seventh Farmers title in 2013.

"After not playing for a couple years and coming out here on tour, playing, you know, four solid days, I fought hard for these scores," said Woods, who finished on the cutline after rounds of 72 and 71 to open the tournament. Saturday's 70 was his low round of the week. "They weren't like drive down the middle, hit it on the green, two-putt, one of those yawners. ...

"These were fighting, I had to fight for every score on every hole -- and sometimes those are more pleasing than the boring rounds. It showed that I had heart. I fought my tail off and it was good stuff."

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Woods next will test himself in the Genesis Open from Feb. 15-18 at Riviera.

Asked what he will work on in the meantime, Woods said, "Everything."

Starting Sunday's round on No. 10 South, Woods went birdie, bogey, birdie, bogey, birdie over the Nos. 14-18 holes. When Woods made a 5-foot birdie putt at 18, the crowd cheered mightily.

Woods managed just one more birdie, at the par-4 2nd hole. He gave back to shots with bogeys at the 4th and 7th.

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