Fitzgerald Cecilio - 4E Sports Reporter
La Jolla, CA, United States (4E Sports) - Former world No. 1 Tiger Woods shot a 76 in the opening round of the Farmers Insurance Open, his first tournament in 17 months after several back surgeries.
Woods struggled on the back nine, firing four bogeys and one double-bogey on the Torrey Pines South Course to finish 11 shots behind Justin Rose.
"I was fighting out there all day," said Woods, who hit just 4 of 14 fairways and nine of 18 greens at a course where he has won eight times, including the 2008 U.S. Open.
"I didn't really hit it all that good. The greens were a little tough out there with some of the putts and I had a round in which I let it slip away a bit in the middle of the back nine," added Woods.
Rose carded a 7-under-par 65, including recorded eagles on holes 5 and 9, to take a one stroke lead over Canada's Adam Hadwin .
Gary Woodland, Charles Howell III, Beau Hossler and Trey Mullinax and Canadian Brad Fritsch were tied for third at 5-under.
Like their flight mate Woods, World No. 1 Jason Day and No. 3 Dustin Johnson also struggled, firing a 73 and a 72, respectively.
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