Tiger Woods is back for 2011, he's looking to get out of the rough of last year, and his fans were at Torrey Pines Thursday to support him.

On day one of the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines, Woods remained within striking distance of the leaders. He shot a 3-under 69 on the North Course and left himself five shots behind South Korean rookie Sunghoon Kang.

In four of his six wins at this tournament, he has been at least five shots behind after the opening round.

"I'm happy with the way I played, absolutely," Woods said. "I could have been a lot better if I took care of the par fives a little bit more, but obviously, I didn't do that."

For Tiger's fans that followed him throughout the day, they said the new Tiger is reminiscent of the old Tiger. No longer the world's number one player, his fans also said it won't take him long to earn the top spot.

"It'd be heartbreaking to see him fail," said Woods fan, Marilyn Jernigan of Coronado.

During a press conference on Wednesday, Woods said he is refocused on golf and family. But during his opening round, there was a reminder of the past he'd like to forget, as a plane carrying an advertisement of a local strip club flew over the golf course.

"I think it's ridiculous, that they have it up there," said fan Zachary Nicklas. "They just want to get the publicity."

Most of fans said they have forgiven and forgotten Woods' past and are ready to move on.

"I know he got caught up, but I know he definitely regrets it insanely," said fan Kalin Pope. "I know he's going to work hard to make things right."

"His personal life, it's sad. I'm not here to judge him. I'm here to watch him play golf and he's doing a great job," said Carly Fangui.

In the meantime, Kang, a 24-year-old rookie, finished with 8-under 64, giving him a one-shot lead over Alex Prugh and Rickie Fowler. Chris Kirk, another rookie, was another shot back at 66.

Local golfer, Phil Mickelson shot 32 on the back nine for a 5-under 67 to match the best score on the tougher South Course.