LA JOLLA, United States (AFP) – Tiger Woods gave his surgically fused spine its toughest test to date and came away with a tie for 23rd place in the Farmers Insurance Open.
The former world No. 1 carded an even-par 72 on Sunday on the Torrey Pines South Course, where his eight PGA Tour victories include his 14th and most recent major title at the 2008 US Open.
“Today I played a lot better,” said Woods, who had four birdies and four bogeys in a round that gave him a three-under par total of 285 and a share of 23rd place.
The wind helped make for a marathon day, and Australian Jason Day and Alex Noren were still locked in battle when darkness fell as they completed the fifth playoff hole.
Ryan Palmer had been eliminated at the first hole of sudden death, but Day and Noren continued to duel through four more holes and were to return on Monday morning to settle it.
“I’ll play all day tomorrow if I have to,” said Day, a former world number one seeking his first title since 2016 who carded a final-round 70.
Sweden’s Noren, a nine-time winner on the European Tour who held the overnight lead, posted a 73 and Palmer carded a 72.