Tiger Woods on opening 24-foot, 8-inch eagle: ‘Ironic, is not it?’
LOS ANGELES – From headcovers to footwear to jerseys, PGA Tour gamers have discovered distinctive methods to honor the reminiscence of Kobe Bryant in his previous hometown.
Tiger Woods did, too.
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On his opening gap Thursday at Riviera, Woods hit an 8-iron into the par-5 inexperienced that left him 24 ft, Eight inches away for eagle.
Sure, 24 ft, Eight inches – Bryant’s previous jersey numbers – and Woods buried the eagle putt.
“It’s ironic, isn’t it?” mentioned Woods, after a 2-under 69 put him 5 pictures off the lead. “I didn’t know concerning the putt being that lengthy.”
The eighth gap at Riviera can also be a memorial to Bryant, with a yellow-and-purple flag and “Mamba”-adorned signal. How did Woods play the opening? By stuffing it to three ft, for a birdie.
“It doesn’t matter what we do, I feel for some time we’re going to at all times bear in mind Kobe and what he meant, particularly right here in SoCal and your entire sports activities world,” Woods mentioned. “Very ironic that it occurred to have these numbers on these holes and people precise measurements.”