SAN DIEGO–The Farmers Insurance Open got off to a slow start Thursday as two fog delays prolonged the tournament for about two hours.
But golf would be played, and boy what a day it turned out to be.
Tiger Woods started the day bogeying two out of the first three holes of the North Course and then parred or birdied the next seven holes to remain even heading into his 11th hole of the day. Tiger, however, could not outlast his enemy: father time.
His entire outing was filled with noticeable grimaces of pain and clenches of his back. Tiger ended up withdrawing after double-bogeying his last hole.
“It’s frustrating that it (back) started shutting down like that,” said Tiger about the injury. “I was ready to go. I had a good warm-up session the first time around.”
This is Tiger’s third withdrawal in his last eight tournament appearances.
The Tiger-less Farmers Insurance Open, though, did continue.
San Diego native Phil Mickelson had a dreadful start on the South Course, but recovered with back-to-back birdies on the eighth and ninth hole. Lefty did not finish his first round due to darkness and is currently plus-1 through 15 holes.
After a six month absence, Dustin Johnson returned to a warm welcome from the crowd. Johnson had by far the most fascinating round of the day posting a beautiful eagle shot on the fourth hole of the South course, but then followed that with five bogeys out of the next 10 holes. He finished the day plus-2 with just the eighteenth left to play.
The day, however, belonged to Michael and Nicholas Thompson. Though no relation exists, both players stroked the ball exceptionally well Thursday. Michael finished the day with eight birdies (four on the front nine) and one bogey. While the leader, Nicholas, finished the day with one eagle, which came on the first hole of the North Course, seven birdies and one bogey.
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