Title: Even if he does win the Farmers, Tiger Woods can't win this week
Description: LA JOLLA, Calif. -- Contrary to popular belief there are things Tiger Woods hasn't done at Torrey Pines, host of this week's Farmers Insurance Open. He has never greeted the first Spanish explorers on the first tee. He has never sailed his yacht through the tiny water hazard on 18. Everything else? Done it. Woods didn't have his best stuff in the first round Thursday, but he scratched out an even-par 72 on the difficult South Course. At times fighting a two-way miss with the driver, he at least didn't shoot himself out of it and trails first-round leader Stewart Cink (64, North Course) by eight. Gary Woodland shot 65 on the North and trailed Cink by one. "Well, even par's not too bad," Woods said, "but I didn't play the par 5s worth a darn. I played them even par. I parred all of them. Obviously that's paramount to try and get any kind of scoring on the South course is you've got to take care of the par 5s, because there's not a lot of holes [where] you can make birdies here." A big crowd turned up to watch Woods -- wearing a light pink shirt with gray and black trim, and black slacks -- brawl the South and its healthy rough. He was coming off a long break -- it's been over six weeks since he finished runner-up to Zach Johnson at the World Challenge at Sherwood, a few hours north of here -- and the world No. 1 at times looked rusty. On the dogleg-right, par-5 sixth hole, he pulled his drive left into the fairway bunker, hit his second shot into the right rough and couldn't get up and down from there. At the 611-yard, straightaway, par-5 ninth, he lost his drive right, letting go of the club and letting it fall to the ground in front of him. He made pars on both holes. That was underwhelming, but not terrible. Although there was talk that the South might play like "a mini-U.S. Open," as Jason Day (66 on the North) put it, Woods said it did not. "We figured the Tour might soften it up and they did," he said. "The balls were holding and a couple of wedge shots were spinning back." Still, he hit just seven of 14 fairways and made two birdies against two bogeys. Playing partner Jordan Spieth, the runaway Rookie of the Year in 2013, hit 11 of 14 fairways but could manage only a 1-under 71, while Jimmy Walker, the third member of the group, struggled and signed for a 74. "I didn't feel that rusty," Woods said. "I felt that I hit a lot of good shots. I hit probably three loose ones out there, which, that's just the way it goes, but it wasn't that bad. As I said, I needed to take care of the par 5s today. If I play those normal, I'm 2- or 3-under par and all the sudden it's a pretty good round." Although he finds himself well down the leaderboard in his bid for a ninth professional title at Torrey, Woods at least gets a shot at the easier North Course on Friday. In a way he can't lose. He's in Southern California, not far from where he grew up. He can work on his game with coach Sean Foley in the secluded north end of the driving range.