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Tiger makes his return but he's not in hunt for the lead

By Staff Reporter

The spotlight was on Tiger Woods as he made his return to competitive golf at the Farmers Insurance Open in California but it was an unspectacular first round yesterday from the 14-time major winner.

Woods, competing in his first PGA event since 2015, started off with a bogey and was four over par near the end of his round and well off the leaders.

The American, who has been sidelined with back pain and has undergone a series of operations, was tied 133rd a huge 11 shots behind leader Justin Rose.

Meanwhile, Graeme McDowell vowed not to get carried away after starting his 2017 campaign with a superb opening round in the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters.

McDowell carded a six-under-par 66 to lie two shots off the pace set by Welshman Bradley Dredge.

"My expectations were fairly low, I suppose, coming in," said Ulsterman McDowell.

"Now that I've got off to a good start, I've got to keep my expectations in check and not get too far ahead of myself, just keep enjoying myself."

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