If Tiger Woods' first official PGA tour event of 2013 is any indication, the rest of the golfing world could be in a lot of trouble once again.
Despite a slow finish to his day, Eldrick Tont Woods finished with a four-under 68, which puts him in a tie for 20th place after one day at the Farmers Insurance Open from the Torrey Pines South Course in La Jolla, Calif.
According to ESPN's Justin Ray, that's a good sign for anyone hoping to see the enigmatic golfer start the year 1-for-1:
Tiger has opened this event with 68/lower 4 times in this event. Went on to win 3 of those years. Woods currently -4.— Justin Ray (@JRayESPNGolf) January 24, 2013
With the exception of a double-bogey on hole No. 4, Woods' first front nine of 2013 couldn't have gone much better.
He birdied No. 1, and after dropping to one over just three holes later, the 37-year-old caught fire.
Woods birdied No. 5 before doing vintage Tiger Woods things with this bunker shot for eagle:
Tiger followed that up with birdies on Nos. 8, 9, 12 and 13 to move to six under and one shot off Brandt Snedeker, who shot a seven-under 65 and sits in a tie with K.J. Choi for first place.
At that point, Woods was locked in on the pin, and he was prompting tweets like this one from Norm Macdonald:
Every player that can see Tiger play right now should be afraid. He'll go lower and lower and lower again.— Norm Macdonald (@normmacdonald) January 24, 2013
Of course, the wheels came off for Woods soon after. His drive, which had been so steady most of day, began to go awry and he missed a few makeable putts, resulting in bogeys on Nos. 15 and 17.
In the end, though, Woods finished with an encouraging score on the more difficult South Course and sits well within striking distance,
If Tiger continues to play like he did during the first 14 holes on Thursday, watch out.
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