The 14-time major champion wrestled four birdies from his last nine holes on the North Course at Torrey Pines, carding a one-under par 71.
That was just enough to make the cut — his first since the Wyndham Championship in August of 2015 where he finished tied for 10th.
“I was grinding my way around the golf course today,” said Woods, who hit just three of 14 fairways and nine of 18 greens in regulation. “I fought hard. I was trying to post a number, which I was able to do.”
Woods was one shot outside the cut line when arrived at his final hole, the par-five ninth.
He was in the right rough off the tee and his second shot left him on the edge of the green, 75 feet from the pin.
He nestled his first putt a few feet from the cup and made that for the needed birdie — capping a 71 for a total of 143 and offering a big smile to cheering fans.