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Friday, 19 October, 2018

Tiger Woods may not have everything his own way

Hoffman can eclipse returning superstar at Torrey Pines

Tiger Woods is back in action at Torrey Pines
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Day Two
Sky Sports Golf, 4.45pm Friday

Tiger Woods will probably be satisfied with an opening 72 in his first round on the US Tour for 12 months and it will be interesting to see if the hysteria dies a bit when he tees up for his second 18 holes at the Farmers Insurance Open (5.30pm GMT).

The 14-time Major winner was inches away from capping a day to remember with a hole in one on the 16th at the South Course at Torrey Pines in San Diego, and he looks to have a decent chance of making the cut even though he finished seven shots behind overnight leader Tony Finau.

It is inevitable that some cobwebs will have to be brushed off and Woods has won at the course on eight occasions, even if his glory days seem a long time ago.

And it could be that he can be eclipsed in his second-round threeball now that the novelty of his involvement has worn off a little.

Woods is slightly longer to win the group at 15-8, with Patrick Reed at 7-4.

Ryder Cup hero Reed appears to have weathered the storm of some indifferent form after playing a prominent role in the USA's triumph at Hazeltine two years ago, but he missed the cut in his 2018 bow at last week's CareerBuilder Challenge.

His four-under-par 68 left him three shots off the pace, but this is a potentially well-matched threeball and the third component, Charley Hoffman, looks to have been written off in some quarters.

Hoffman is playing in his home town this week, has plenty of experience of the two-course Torrey Pines format, and has missed the cut in just two of his last 23 outings.

He broke par in the opening round and can build on that solid start if he can discover the form that helped him to second spot in his last outing at the Hero World Challenge.

Either way, with some firms unable to split him, Woods and Reed at 7-4, it makes sense to take a chance on Hoffmanwith the two firms who offer Hoffman at 5-2.

Recommendation
C Hoffman to win threeball
1pt 5-2 bet365, Hills


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It could be that he can be eclipsed in his second-round threeball now that the novelty of his involvement has worn off a little.
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