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SAN DIEGO – Tiger Woods entered the week with 60 competitive rounds at Torrey Pines under his belt. Hey what's jacked up for no. 61 Thursday during Round 1 of the Farmers Insurance Open.

"I'm not used." to have that much adrenaline in my system, "Woods said.

The extra juice led to a few shaky distances with the irons

Tiger Woods shot a 2 -under 70 in the opening round of the Farmers Insurance Open. (Photo: Orlando Ramirez, USA TODAY Sports)

Woods birdied all four par-5s and finished the day with 11-foot birdie make on 18, capping at five-plus hour in pleasant conditions. He's back at it at 12:40 p.m. He's T-53 and eight shots back in Leader Jon Rahm, but Woods suggested he was just feeling things out for the first 18 holes. "It's a lot easier," Woods said.

Woods launches the new season playing with "As I get more comfortable, I'll fire up more and start feeling a little bit more aggressive and start feeling a little bit more comfortable with the game and being back competing again." Tony Finau and Xander Schauffele, who was 5 when he picked up his Buick Invitational. They kept things light all morning, with Woods and Schauffele sitting and talking side-by-side on a cool while they waited to break off at the par-3 third hole.

Woods gave Finau a hard time after 11th, where Finau was short-sided 25 yards left of the green and chipped it to two feet.

"Do not act so nonchalant," Woods told him.

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Woods hit his best shot of the day just a few minutes earlier, a 215-yard 5-iron that landed just three feet from the cup for an easy tap-in birdie.

"It's a chill, fun and relaxing day," Schauffele said. "Torrey South can be a beast and Tony, Tiger and I just sort of fed off each other a little bit here and there and I think we all enjoyed each other's company."

Woods hit driver 11 times and 3-wood three times off the tea on this tough, 7,698-yard layout. He hit 7 of 14 fairways and 12 of 18 greens and looked to be in control of his golf ball for most of the afternoon.

He was 23rd in the field with 1,085 strokes gained tea-to-green and had good pace on the greens all day, ranking 25th with .325 strokes There were a few narrow misses, including a 6-footer at 12 that resulted in one of his three bogeys. There were some long makes, most notably a 29-footer at the par-5 13th.


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"I thought he rolled it pretty good, "caddie Joe LaCava said. "Misread the one on 12 and would love to have one over. That's a misread on both our parts. Other than that, I thought it pretty good. "

While Woods was not completely dialed in, there were not any glaring signs of rust. He said he felt like he could have shot 68 or 67 pretty easily. But an opening-round 70 after two months off will suffice as Woods looks to crank things up a bit in Round 2.

"I felt like I drove it pretty good today even though I missed a few fairways," Woods said. "My feel was a little bit off in my distances with my irons. That's just not playing competitive speed in a while. Hopefully I'll have a better tomorrow and start hitting them exactly pin high, which I've been pretty good at for most of my career. "

So he's been pretty good at this venue for most of his career

"Overall, shooting a couple under the South Course is not so bad," Woods said.


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