Tiger Woods: American shoots level-par round at Farmers Insurance Open

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Tiger Woods brought big crowds back to golf, and he even produced a few big roars.

He then opened up the back nine with a kick-in birdie at the 10th, nearly holing his approach in doing so, to get back to level.

He was steady, and at times spectacular.

At a tournament he has won seven times, Woods battled a wayward driver to mix three birdies with three bogeys in a 72, leaving him in a share of 84th. The longest of his birdie putts was from just inside 2 feet.

"I think my expectations have tempered a little bit because I haven't played", said Woods, who won the last of his majors at Torrey Pines at the 2008 US Open - an epic playoff victory over Rocco Mediate despite playing with a damaged left knee and stress fractures in his leg.

"Pre-round it's the same warm-up, go in the gym and work out in the morning, come out here and go with the same warm-up routine I've had for the best part of 30 years".

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Playing directly into the sun, the 14-time major victor hit a 6-iron which landed just short and trickled right towards the hole...it stopped 8 inches away.

What really made the gallery delirious was his 6-iron on par-3 16th hole that rolled toward the hole and broke just in front of the cup, settling 8 inches away.

"I want to hit shots and grind out scores".

"I don't know what to expect", Woods said Wednesday - and that applies not only to his own game but also to the young rivals like defending tournament champion Jon Rahm who have surged to the forefront as Woods recovered from spinal fusion surgery a year ago. I haven't seen a lot of these guys play.

Danny Lee has responded to a demotion in the New Zealand golf ranking pecking order by starting strongly at the PGA Tour event in California. He returned at Torrey Pines past year and opened with a 76 on his way to missing the cut.

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