Playing his first round in a full-field golf event in a year Tiger Woods posted a level-par 72 to leave him tied 84th at the Farmers Insurance Open and admits he was ‘rusty’.

Woods made a solid but unspectacular appearance at the Hero World Challenge where he finished tied ninth in an 18-man field and set Torrey Pines, a course he has won eight times at, as the venue for his full return.

His first round back included three birdies and three bogeys as he did well to recover from dropping two shots on the opening five holes.

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Having headed into the event full of confidence that he could compete, the opening round does leave Woods seven shots off Tony Finau’s early lead.

And Woods is hoping for an improvement in his game, starting today.

“I was probably a little bit rusty,” Woods told the PGA TOUR. “I need to clean up my iron game for tomorrow and give myself a lot more looks at it.

“I didn’t hit them very close [today]. I didn’t give myself a lot of looks. It’s hard to make a lot of birdies when you’re not giving yourself any looks and I didn’t do that today.

“So tomorrow hopefully I’ll drive better and hit irons a lot closer and we’ve got the better of the two greens tomorrow so we’ll see what happens.”

A positive that Woods did find in his round though, was that it was good to be back.

“It was fun to feel that competitive rush again and have a scorecard in my hand and try and post a number.”

Woods will tee off his second round, again with Patrick Reed and Charley Hoffman, at 09:30am PT.

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