The Latest: Woods takes 6 holes to make first birdie

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The Latest: Woods takes 6 holes to make first birdie
Tiger Woods watches his tee shot on the second hole hole of the South Course at Torrey Pines Golf Course during the first round of the Farmers Insurance Open golf tournament Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Latest on Tiger Woods’ opening round Thursday at the Farmers Insurance Open (all times local):

12:30 p.m.

It took Tiger Woods six holes to make his first birdie in the opening round of the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines.

Woods’ long eagle putt on the par-5 No. 6 on the South Course was on line but stopped about two inches from the hole. Woods raised his putter with his left hand in anticipation as the ball approached the hole, and then spun away in disappointment when it stopped just short. He tapped in for birdie to get back to plus-1, six shots off the lead.

Woods showed plenty of frustration on the first five holes when he opened bogey, par, par, par, bogey.

His tee shot on No. 5 landed in a bunker. He went bunker-to-bunker in taking a par.

Woods is returning after fusion surgery on his lower back last April, his fourth back operation in three years. When he tried to return after a 16-month break last year at Torrey Pines, he missed the 36-hole cut.

Woods said he no longer has pain in his back.

This will be only his second PGA Tour event since August 2015.

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11:30 a.m.

Tiger Woods is 1-over in his first three holes in the opening round of the Farmers Classic at Torrey Pines and already showing his frustration.

He opened with bogey, par, par on the South Course. His tee shot on No. 1 went way left and his second shot landed in a greenside bunker. On No. 2, he overshot the green and grimaced. On the par-3 third hole, his birdie putt rolled to the right of the hole and he squatted down in frustration.

Woods is starting his season at a course that has been good to him over the years. He’s won this tournament seven times, and this course is where he had his dramatic U.S. Open win in 2008 and a Junior World Championship as a teenager.

He is returning after fusion surgery on his lower back last April, his fourth back operation in three years. When he tried to return after a 16-month break last year at Torrey Pines, he missed the 36-hole cut.

Woods said he no longer has pain in his back.

This will be only his second PGA Tour event since August 2015.

— Bernie Wilson reporting in San Diego.