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Optimism abounds for Tiger after 2018 PGA Tour debut

Tiger Woods' return to the 2018 PGA established a sense he can win majors again. "I'm only 42, that's not that old," Woods said the day of his final-round 72 at Torrey Pines. "After not playing for a couple years and coming out here on the Tour, playing, you know, a solid four days, I fought hard for these scores," he said after a T-23, 3-under finish. The laid-back Woods even seemed to embrace multiple post-round interview obligations ... after hanging with buddy and Golden State Warrior Andre Iguodala. All of this despite hitting a career-low 17 of 56 fairways, having a fan yell during his putt stroke and laboring through the final round. With Woods battling his driver, massive galleries paying a hefty $55 a ticket got multiple up-close opportunities. Woods had a 40 feet, 10 inches proximity-to-the-hole (T-52) on the 42 of 72 greens hit, confirming iron play was another issue in his 2018 debut. But all of that was offset by solid short game play and post-fusion surgery back strength that allowed Woods to regularly extricate himself from miserable lies. Woods is scheduled to play next in the Los Angeles Open at Riviera Country Club Feb. 15-18.
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