Drive for show, putt for dough - grinding Tiger defies tee-shot woes

Despite not hitting a fairway on any of his first six holes, Tiger Woods improved his score at Torrey Pines thanks to some clutch putting.

Tiger Woods reacts after a poor drive at the 13th at Torrey Pines' South Course   -  Getty Images

Tiger Woods' driving misery continued in round three of the Farmers Insurance Open, but that did not stop the 14-time major champion from improving his position at Torrey Pines.

Woods - making his first official PGA Tour start in 12 months - only just made the cut at one under on Friday, grinding his way to a second-round 71 despite some wayward tee shots on Torrey Pines' North Course.

Back on the South Course on Saturday, the former world number one failed to hit the fairway on any of his first six holes after starting on the 10th, missing to the right and left on three occasions apiece.

At that point, he had found just three of the last 21 fairways he had targeted from the tee, yet Woods was nevertheless able to bounce back from a bogey at the 11th with successive birdies on the next two holes.

After rescuing par on the 15th, Woods had just seven putts from six holes in round three and was one under for the day and two under for the tournament.

Who needs to hit fairways?