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Tiger returns to PGA Tour and tries to tame Torrey

  • Tiger Woods waits after hitting his tee shot on the sixth hole of the north course during the Pro-Am event of the Farmers Insurance Open golf tournament Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

    Tiger Woods waits after hitting his tee shot on the sixth hole of the north course during the Pro-Am event of the Farmers Insurance Open golf tournament Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)  (The Associated Press)

  • Tiger Woods watches his second shot on the fifth hole of the north course during the Pro-Am event of the Farmers Insurance Open golf tournament Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017, in San Diego. Woods has added another equipment endorsement deal by signing with TaylorMade on Wednesday to play everything except the golf ball and the putter. Woods was open to shop around when Nike decided last year to get out of the hard equipment business. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

    Tiger Woods watches his second shot on the fifth hole of the north course during the Pro-Am event of the Farmers Insurance Open golf tournament Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017, in San Diego. Woods has added another equipment endorsement deal by signing with TaylorMade on Wednesday to play everything except the golf ball and the putter. Woods was open to shop around when Nike decided last year to get out of the hard equipment business. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)  (The Associated Press)

  • Tiger Woods watches his tee shot on the third hole of the north course during the Pro-Am event of the Farmers Insurance Open golf tournament Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

    Tiger Woods watches his tee shot on the third hole of the north course during the Pro-Am event of the Farmers Insurance Open golf tournament Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)  (The Associated Press)

Tiger Woods won't have to wait long to see how his game stacks up with the best in golf.

Woods is back on the PGA Tour for the first time in 17 months, teeing off Thursday in the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines. He plays the opening two rounds with Jason Day and Dustin Johnson, who bring the kind of credentials that once belonged to Woods.

Day is the No. 1 player in the world — Woods held that spot for a record 683 weeks and has won this tournament seven times. Johnson is the PGA Tour player of the year — Woods won that award a record 11 times.

Woods is coming off the longest layoff of his career while recovering from two back surgeries. He last played at the Wyndham Championship in August 2015.