Asked if he felt that coming, the 24-year-old Spaniard replied: “No. Who feels a 10-under par on any course at Torrey Pines? Not me, I can tell you that much.”
Playing the “easier” North Course, Rahm said he just wanted to shoot under par at the PGA season-opening event.
“Anything in the 60s is a good start to the tournament,” said the Phoenix resident. “But man, I have been playing good for a while, I just need the putts to fall and today is when it happened.”
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Despite not having to deal with pesky winds, Tiger Woods — at 43 nearly two decades older — had a mixed day to finish tied for 53rd with a two-under 70 on the North Course. He had five birdies but three bogeys.
“I feel like I probably could have shot 68 or 67 pretty easily today,” said the legend of La Jolla. “I hit a lot of good putts that were right around the hole that just didn’t quite fall in, but overall it was a pretty solid day. A couple under par on the South course is not something to sneeze at, but now I have to shoot a low one tomorrow.”
Woods had kind words for playing partner Xander Schauffele of San Diego — though he said he hadn’t really gotten a chance to know him.
“Today he hit two fairways and shot 3-under par on the South course,” Woods said of the former Aztec and Scripps Ranch High School alumnus. “I mean, that’s impressive.”
The crowds cheered Woods, and he reciprocated after his 4 p.m. finish, first meeting the press and then signing autographs for 5-10 minutes. Then he left.
The 25-year-old Schauffele was asked about the big gallery with most of its noise backing Woods.
“I thought I got more cheers than he did, honestly. I was hearing more things than — I’m just kidding,” he said.
“Yeah, you know, it is what it is. It’s white noise to all of us I think out here on Tour. It wasn’t that big of a deal.”
Schauffele, tied for 41st with a three-under 69, said he doesn’t have sensitive “mouse ears.”
“When people are running around, I don’t really think much about it,” he said.
San Diego’s Schauffele Nips Tiger Woods at Torrey as Rahm Roars was last modified: January 25th, 2019 by Ken Stone
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