"Tomorrow, hopefully, I'll drive a little better, get my irons obviously a lot closer and we get the better of the two greens tomorrow. And then it is hard to make any birdies when you don't give yourself a lot of looks".
"We kind of did our thing on the North", said Finau, whose closing birdie came as Woods was wrapping up an even-par 72 in his much anticipated first round on the US PGA Tour since missing the cut here previous year. Ted Potter Jr. and Ryan Palmer are one shot behind after 6-under rounds on the tougher South Course.
Composure was regained at 14 and 15 before a marvelous tee shot at 16 brought coos from the Torrey Pines spectators, Woods' ball resting to within three feet off the tee before the birdie was gratefully accepted. His round got better following those early struggles with two birdies and one bogey on the back nine. "We can't see anything land from back there".
The sun was switched on, the wind chill occasionally dipped harshly into the high-50s, and as Woods missed a 12-foot par try on No. 1, somebody in the thick and bro-heavy crowd said, "Bummer".
"I went through every single procedure that is non-surgical and it just didn't get better", he said of his back and his make or break decision to have two vertebrae in his lower spine fused. I hit a couple of good shots, I made good strokes, but felt just a little bit off in general.
After errant tee shots led to bogeys on No. 1 and No. 5, Woods settled in and began driving the ball as well as he ever did.
Woods, now 42, underwent fusion surgery on his spine in April but returned to play in December's elite Hero World Challenge, appearing pain free and able to swing freely.
Tiger Woods came inches from a hole-in-one on the 16 hole at Torry Pines in his first outing of 2018.
Woods was clearly rusty but after missed fairways led to early bogeys at the first and fifth, he used his power to hit two flawless shots to the heart of the 560-yard sixth to set up an easy birdie four.
Woods will play his second round Friday on the North Course, which is considered slightly easier than the South. The air featured the usual San Diego array of military planes and helicopters, a persistent plane advertising a strip club and some paragliders at oceanside No. 4, one hovering so closely he looked like he might alight and give a club recommendation.
"I have to tidy things up and go again on the North Course, and hopofully start moving up the leaderboard".
He handed that shot back when he took six at the 13th, lipping out from three feet.
Paired with Bryson DeChambeau and South Korea's K.J. Choi, the Offaly man had a solid front nine, level par at the turn.
At two yards short of 7,800, it is the longest course the pros play outside the Majors with some of the most claustrophobic fairways in the game. Eastern today from the 10th tee on Torrey's North Course.