Patrick Reed: Tiger Woods looking 'impressive'

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Tiger Woods marked his return to PGA Tour action after a 12-month absence with a level-par 72 at the Farmers Insurance Open.

"The Bahamas you can hit it hard and flight it, " Reed said.

Tiger Woods is 1-over in his first three holes in the opening round of the Farmers Classic at Torrey Pines and already showing his frustration.

It was a continuation of the work he's put in the last three weeks.

"It's all finished now, it's fused and my quality of life is infinitely better than it was at this point past year", Woods told a pre-tournament news conference.

Woods was steady on the South Course, and at times spectacular.

That didn't happen this time. "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". You can get into positions and things of that nature and there are a lot of things I can't do anymore because of the nature of the fusion. June will bring, somehow, the 10th anniversary of Woods's most recent major title, the fur-flying 2008 U.S. Open, also right here.

He shaped shots both ways. "Here, not only do you have to hit it high or low but you have to hit it straight".

Start with the drives that bounded past his playing partners.

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Woods has been able to practice freely without pain and the 42-year-old is targeting a full schedule this year. He followed Friday with 72, missed the cut and said to reporters, in the common parlance of golfers seeking self-reassurance, "I hit a lot of lovely putts that didn't go in". He was one rotation away from making a long eagle putt on the par-5 sixth.

And, finally, the near-ace on 16.

"I didn't think there were going to be that many good scores out there", he said.

Forty-five minutes later, Reed was still in awe.

"He hit the same club (as me) and it came out like a completely different window", Reed said. "His was 30 feet higher than mine". That thing was vertical. Woods found seven bunkers.

Even so, he gave a large, enthusiastic gallery a thrill at the par-three 16th, where his six-iron off the tee tracked the pin all the way, bounced once and settled eight inches from the pin for the tap-in birdie. Highlights included three putts converted from outside 18 feet.

SAN DIEGO, CA - JANUARY 25: Tiger Woods plays his shot from the second tee during the first round of the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines South on January 25, 2018 in San Diego, California.

Playing directly into the sun, the 14-time major victor hit a 6-iron which landed just short and trickled right towards the stopped 8 inches away.