SAN DIEGO — Tiger Woods had his lowest opening round of the year since 2011. It wasn’t enough to be among the leaders Thursday at the Farmers Insurance Open, but it was fine with him.
Coming off his record-tying 82nd victory in his last PGA Tour start three months ago in Japan, Woods handled the par 5s on the easier North Course at Torrey Pines and limited mistakes for a 3-under 69.
Sebastian Cappelen and Keegan Bradley had the low scores of the opening round, which was not the same as sharing the lead. Cappelen had eight birdies for a 66 on the South Course, which played about three shots tougher than the North, where Bradley shot his 66.
Rory McIlroy, who played in the group in front of Woods, was among those at 67. Jon Rahm, playing alongside Woods, was in a large group at 68.
Woods hasn’t broken 70 in his first round of the year since a 69 on the North at Torrey Pines in 2011. His health, his game and even his momentum are in much better shape now. His game wasn’t all that far off.
“It was nice to kind of keep the round going a little bit,” Woods said. “Overall, pleased to shoot something in the 60s today.”
It took a little time to get going. He left himself in a bad spot right of the green on the par-5 10th to start his round and failed to make birdie. His flop shot from 50 yards short of the green on the next hole came up short and into a bunker, leading to a bogey. He was even par at the turn on a course where low scores are expected.
Woods kept it simple, with a nifty wedge to short range on his 10th hole, a two-putt birdie from 18 feet on the par-5 fifth and an easy up-and-down for birdie on the final hole.
“I could probably, maybe could have gotten one or two more out of my round today,” Woods said. “But overall, I felt like it was a good start, especially going into the South Course. I don’t know what the guys did on the South Course in relation to the North, but I felt like the golf course was certainly gettable today.”
Bubba Watson had a 67 on the South, while three other players broke 70 on the South, which hosted the U.S. Open in 2008 and gets another U.S. Open next year.
Woods has won this event seven times, not including his 2008 U.S. Open title on this course and a Junior World Championship when he was a teenager. At stake this week is a chance to set the PGA Tour career victories record with No. 83 on the first course where his father took him to watch a PGA Tour event.
LPGA: Jessica Korda shot a 6-under 66 in high wind to take the first-round lead in the Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio, the tour’s first full-field event of the season and first official event in Boca Raton, Florida, in more than 30 years.
Korda birdied her final two holes, finishing with a 25-foot putt on the par-4 ninth. The 26-year-old Florida player had eight birdies – converting on all four par-5 holes – and two bogeys.
Tour rookies Yui Kawamoto of Japan and Patty Tavatanakit of Thailand were two strokes back, along with South Korea’s Sei Young Kim.
EUROPEAN TOUR: Thomas Pieters birdied four of his first six holes and overcame a mid-round blip to take the lead on Day 1 of the Dubai Desert Classic in the United Arab Emirates.
The Belgian player dropped three shots combined on the 10th and 11th holes, but recovered with three straight birdies to shoot 5-under 67 for a one-stroke lead over David Lipsky.
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CBS Sports is on location at the PGA Merchandise Show 2020 and Jim Nantz stopped by to talk with Kyle Porter about his latest project in the golf world. Nantz teamed up with Vineyard Vines to create a line for golfers and says it has already been a success.
Nantz said he spent a lot of time developing the line and is thrilled that he sees players wearing his product and giving positive feedback.
"I feel like we're building something," Nantz said and commented that he would not be doing this if he didn't believe it could be big.
This is not something Nantz decided to do out of the blue, but something he has been working towards and acquiring the skills for. "It's a thrill. In this stage of my life, I love entrepreneurship," he said.
He went on to discuss one of his other projects and what that one means to him. "My proudest achievement of my whole career will be the fact that I built, alongside my wife, an Alzheimer's research center in Houston named for my dad," Nanz said. "It's thriving. It took work, it still does."
He has always felt he had the ability to create these types of projects that require that work, dedication and time management, and the line with Vineyard Vines is one of his latest.
"I understood design, marketing, sales, distributorship, all these things that were so essential," he said. Nantz said golf is always something he has been passionate about. "Of all the things in my life I felt I had the skill level to do it would be in golf, it would be in golf apparel.
Nantz has gone from telling stories on television to viewers at home to telling stories through the fabric and designs he created and believes in the story he is telling and the people he is working with.
ANN ARBOR, MI – Before moving forward on a $1.2-million project that involves “daylighting” a creek at the Huron Hills Golf Course, officials are seeking input on designs.
The city and Washtenaw County Water Resources Commissioner’s Office are holding a public meeting 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23 to present preliminary designs, answer questions and receive feedback.
The meeting takes place at the Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Ave.
The city and the county are partnering on the stream bank stabilization project, which is focusing on a tributary to the Huron River to address stormwater management and ecological design on the city-owned golf course.
The stream bank is eroding with high volumes of sediment being removed and deposited downstream, and the 2,000-foot-long creek will be regraded, stabilized and “naturalized,” according to the city.
That’s intended to alleviate golf course flooding, address the erosion and reduce phosphorus in the Huron River.
“In addition, there are opportunities to recreate the natural flow path of water, potentially creating wetlands and habitat on the golf course,” the city stated in a news release.
“Constructed wetlands are one of the best methods for removing pollutants, mitigation of peak flow rates, can reduce runoff volumes, all while also creating other considerable aesthetic and wildlife benefits.”
The project would involve “daylighting” part of the creek buried in pipes on the back half of the golf course and widening the open creek on the front half, Jennifer Lawson, city water quality manager, previously explained.
Established in 1922, Huron Hills is a par-67, 18-hole golf course noted for dramatic elevation changes and views of the Huron River.
City Council voted in November to petition the water resources commissioner to create a new drainage district to undertake the creek project in fall 2020, with restoration expected to be complete by spring 2021.
Those who can’t attend Thursday’s meeting can provide feedback to Lawson at email@example.com.
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