The Latest: Tiger returns to PGA Tour at Torrey Pines

The Latest on the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines (all times local):


11:30 a.m.

Thousands of fans have come out to Torrey Pines to welcome Tiger Woods back to the PGA Tour.

The gallery filled every inch of grass from tee to green on both sides of the first fairway on the South course when Woods teed off Thursday at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Woods began with a bogey. His drive was in thick, wet grass to the right of the fairway, and he shoved his iron toward the gallery. He hit a good flop shot to 8 feet, but missed the par putt on the low side.

Dustin Johnson and Jason Day also drove into the right rough, but they hit the green and made pars.


10:30 a.m.

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.