Sir Nick Faldo heaps praise on 'impressive' Tiger Woods

Sir Nick Faldo heaps praise on 'impressive' Tiger Woods

He managed only a 1-under-par 71 in Saturday's third round at Torrey Pines to get to 5-under for the week, 13 shots behind leader Justin Rose, and his putting woes continued.

The 14-time Major victor managed to shoot a two-under 70 on day one, but that is still eight shots behind current leader Jon Rahm who carded a remarkable 62 opening round.

Spieth also was in range, three shots behind Rose, until his tee shot found the gnarly rough left of the fairway at No. 12 and he was sloppy around the green in making a double bogey.

The 43-year-old golf star was one-over-par through four holes in the first round of the tournament on Thursday.

Tiger Woods waits to hit his tee shot on the 11th hole of the South Course at Torrey Pines Golf Course during the final round of the Farmers Insurance golf tournament Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019, in San Diego. Rose and Scott are longtime friends, while Rahm won at Torrey Pines two years ago and has an explosive game, opening this event with a 62.

"Disappointed with the fact that I just didn't make enough birdies", Woods said.

"It felt great. Today's round could have gone the other way but I made a couple really good saves", Scott said.

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'I could have shot something around 68, 67 today pretty easily. After dropping to minus-3, Woods was able to get back to even with a birdie on No. 17, his eighth hole of the day.

Rose threatened to run away from the pack - despite a double bogey at the fourth - when he picked up three shots on the front nine, including an eagle three at the ninth. But while many players rely on vast course experience and local knowledge at a given Tour stop, he's embracing the positive side of starting from scratch.

"You play the South on the first day, you're trying to survive", Rahm said.

"So there's a lot of reasons for me to be happy every time I come here, no matter how I play", Rahm said.

"It's going to have to be a special weekend to have a chance", said Woods, who needs two more PGA Tour victories to match Sam Snead's record of 82.

Tiger Woods opened with a 2-under at the Farmers Insurance Open. "But with my expectation levels, and how I know I can perform, I feel like I'm underperforming a little bit".

"I am usually in America at his time of year so a change this year is nice", added Lowry, who got to four-under after 13 holes and then followed back to back bogeys at the fifth and sixth with two closing birdies.

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