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Returning Tiger is delighted to show that he's up for the fight

 

By Steve Simpson

Tiger Woods shot a one-under 71 in the second round of the Farmers Insurance Open to finish one stroke above the projected cut line at Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla, California.

After shooting an even-par 72 during Thursday's first round, Woods finished the day at one-under for the tournament.

Woods said: "I just fought hard, it's something I've done for my entire career and this is no different.

"It was tough out there, the greens were firm. We were talking about some of these pin locations and they were hard to get at.

"It's been a long 12 months, I've been away from it for a very long time. It's just nice to get out there to compete and play. Hopefully I can be around for the weekend."

Woods looked in danger of missing out when he bogeyed the par-three eighth (his 17th after starting his round on the 10th) but he made amends with a birdie four at the ninth, his last hole.

This is 42-year-old Woods' first official tournament appearance since undergoing a fusion of his lower spine last April.

With the cut expected to be one under, 13 players - including Woods - were on that total.

The clubhouse leader was Ryan Palmer on 11 under, one clear of Jon Rahm.

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