The 2019 season for Tiger Woods begins Thursday!
The 14-time major champion will be teeing it up at Torrey Pines’ South Course in the opening round of the Farmers Insurance Open for his first competitive round of the new year.
We will follow his progress, at a venue where he’s won eight times as pro, shot by shot. Follow along below…
Hole No. 12: Par 4, 514 yards
OFF THE TEE (4:47 p.m. ET): Tiger misses this driver left at No. 12, that is no good on this hole at all.
APPROACH SHOT (4:51 p.m. ET): Wow that was really good from there. AWFUL lie and he had to dig that one out with a wood. He does so and is able to get this to finish in the fairway just in front of the green. A 30-yard pitch is upcoming. From where he hit his tee shot and considering that lie, that is an awesome leave. Great chance to get this up and down for par.
AROUND THE GREEN (4:55 p.m. ET): Tiger hits a solid but not terrific chip. This one finishes 6 feet below the cup. That left for par.
ON THE GREEN (4:59 p.m. ET): That one misses left. That was set up by a poor drive. Still a disappointing bogey though after a spectacular recovery.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under through 12 (T-61)
Hole No. 11: Par 3, 215 yards
OFF THE TEE (4:31 p.m. ET): Once again, a wait on the tee. But oh man, that is AWESOME! Tiger fires one right at that back left pin and the ball lands 10 feet under the hole and rolls to 4 feet under the cup. FANTASTIC chance to move to 2 under.
ON THE GREEN (4:37 p.m. ET): Tiger calls in official after his ball wobbles right before he hits it. Everything turns out fine, no penalty or anything. He steps back up and buries the birdie putt.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 under through 11 (T-43)
Hole No. 10: Par 4, 404 yards
OFF THE TEE (4:10 p.m. ET): Tiger takes a 3-wood off the tee and this is a beauty down the right side of the fairway.
APPROACH SHOT (4:15 p.m. ET): A solid shot. This one goes to 20 feet. He’ll have that for back-to-back birdies.
ON THE GREEN (4:20 p.m. ET): Not a bad putt from TW, but it finishes low and right of the cup by maybe a foot. That’s an easy par.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under through 10 (T-58)
Hole No. 9: Par 5, 608 yards
OFF THE TEE (3:53 p.m. ET): Tiger takes driver and finds the right rough. So this will be a lay up.
SECOND SHOT (3:57 p.m. ET): Tiger’s second shot is just OK here. He has to lay well back. He’ll have 150+ from the fairway.
THIRD SHOT (4:01 p.m. ET): Tiger had 187 yards for his third shot and this is pretty solid, as the ball finishes 15 feet left of the flag.
ON THE GREEN (4:05 p.m. ET): Drain-o! Tiger birdies, and he is out in 1-under 35.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under through 9 (T-57)
Hole No. 8: Par 3, 170 yards
OFF THE TEE (3:47 p.m. ET): Tiger finds the green, is some 45 feet from the cup.
ON THE GREEN (3:50 p.m. ET): Tiger putts that to about 2 feet and taps in for par.
TIGER ON THE DAY: Even through 8 (T-84)
Hole No. 7: Par 4, 468 yards
OFF THE TEE (3:28 p.m. ET): Tiger finds the fairway here on the right side. Good stuff.
APPROACH SHOT (3:35 p.m. ET): Tiger hits one to the back fringe here, not bad. Should be about 15 feet for birdie.
ON THE GREEN (3:40 p.m. ET): Tiger’s 15-footer for birdie from the fringe comes up a couple feet short. But he rolls in the remainder for par.
TIGER ON THE DAY: Even through 7 (T-81)
Hole No. 6: Par 5, 544 yards
OFF THE TEE (3:10 p.m. ET): Another long wait here. But Tiger finally is up and blasts driver down the fairway. He should be able to go for this green in two.
APPROACH SHOT (3:14 p.m. ET): Tiger takes out a 3-wood for his second shot and he loses this one to the right. It looks like that one ended up in the greenside bunker.
AROUND THE GREEN (3:18 p.m. ET): That is not Tiger’s best, as he blasts that out to 15 feet. That one doesn’t even stay on the green.
ON THE GREEN (3:22 p.m. ET): Nevermind about that poor shot, he buries the remaining birdie putt to move back to even par.
TIGER ON THE DAY: Even through 6 (T-81)
Hole No. 5: Par 4, 456 yards
OFF THE TEE (2:48 p.m. ET): Another driver, and this one is missed to the left in the fairway bunker. It’s up and down with the driver so far.
APPROACH SHOT (2:52 p.m. ET): That was really nice. This lands long and left of the hole but uses a slope to funnel to within 20 feet of the cup above the hole.
ON THE GREEN (2:55 p.m. ET): That runs out of steam and misses low and left by about 6 inches. An easy par though.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over through 5 (T-108)
Hole No. 4: Par 4, 474 yards
OFF THE TEE (2:30 p.m. ET): Tiger takes driver and this is piped down the middle like the first one. Ideal tee shot.
APPROACH SHOT (2:36 p.m. ET): That’s a nice one! This one goes a tiny bit right, but that’s fine, as the ball kicks left off a slope and finishes about 12 feet from the hole for birdie.
ON THE GREEN (2:45 p.m. ET): Another miss to the left. Another opportunity missed. Another par.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over through 4 (T-111)
Hole No. 3: Par 3, 203 yards
OFF THE TEE (2:21 p.m. ET): After a lengthy wait, Tiger drills one in there 10 feet right of the cup. A great birdie look upcoming.
ON THE GREEN (2:26 p.m. ET): Nope. This one is missed left and was not a good putt. That’s a par.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over through 3 (T-111)
Hole No. 2: Par 4, 397 yards
OFF THE TEE (1:56 p.m. ET): This is driver again for TW, but this one is missed a tiny bit right. The ball ends up in the rough, but it does appear to be sitting up a little. So not ideal, but not terrible.
APPROACH SHOT (2:01 p.m. ET): That was poor. Tiger loses this one right. It looks that went in the right greenside bunker. Pin is back-right, so this won’t be an easy up and down.
AROUND THE GREEN (2:03 p.m. ET): Tiger chips to about 15 feet, that is left for par.
ON THE GREEN (2:06 p.m. ET): Another good putt, but another miss slightly right. That’s a bogey.
TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over through 2 (T-104)
Hole No. 1: Par 4, 448 yards
OFF THE TEE (1:42 p.m. ET): That is a driver, and it is ROASTED almost dead-center of the fairway. Perfect start for TW. Should be a wedge or short-iron in.
APPROACH SHOT (1:48 p.m. ET): This one from 160 yards is OK, but nothing special. The ball finishes about 25 feet right of and slightly below the hole. Should be a simple two-putt par to start.
ON THE GREEN (1:52 p.m. ET): Oh man, that was a good putt. But it just slides by the right edge and Tiger has to settle for par.
TIGER ON THE DAY: Even through 1 (T-39)
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Tiger tees off at 1:40 p.m. ET. In the meantime, enjoy this video of Woods and caddie Joe LaCava:
“We’re buddies more than anything. He’s the boss, and I work for him, but he doesn’t treat me like that.”@TigerWoods and Joe LaCava discuss their relationship, pro-am mishaps and the *one* thing Joe always forgets on the first tee – only on GOLFTV. pic.twitter.com/4JQEIVoMQY
— GOLFTV (@GOLFTV) January 24, 2019