Can Tiger roar back to PGA prominence?

Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods shot 76 in his first PGA Tour round in 17 months in the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines.

Coming off back-to-back birdies to reach 1-under par, Woods followed with three straight bogeys and then a double-bogey. It was his worst opening-round score in a non-major in his PGA Tour career.

Tiger is staying patient:

“It’s a process in which I had to be very careful going into because of my procedures on my back. I physically just couldn’t go out there and hit hundreds upon hundreds upon hundreds of golf balls a day similar to what some of the guys are doing now.”

He also seems to understand he never will be the same Tiger:

“I can’t carry the ball 320 yards out here. Those guys will bomb it out there, and that’s fine. I’ll just play my game and the name of the game is low score. It’s not a long-drive contest.”

USA Today’s Steve DiMeglio asked whether Tiger ever will win again:

“Adamantly, 100 percent, absolutely yes,” golfer Zach Johnson said. “He’s the best player I have ever played with. And in 2013, he won five tournaments. That wasn’t that long ago. Now I’m going to put an asterisk next to that — it completely revolves around him being healthy. He’s won tournaments not healthy, but I’m also nearly his age so I know being that old, being 40, 41, it doesn’t get any easier.

Woods’ former coach, Hank Haney, also is optimistic after watching him Thursday:

“His issues were too many big misses and too many penalty shots that have plagued him the past few years. I didn’t see any misses that were 70 yards offline. His misses were minimal, and that was a good step for him. And his enthusiasm looked tremendous. He looked into it, he looked like he really wanted to be there, that he was enthused to play. That was a great sign.”

Regardless, golf fans seem glad to have Tiger back on the course:

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