TT Postscript: Sizzling begin, scrambling end in Spherical 1 at Riviera

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LOS ANGELES – It was all going so nicely for Tiger Woods Thursday on the Genesis Invitational. After which he hit the again 9. Listed here are some ideas and observations after strolling a full loop at Riviera and watching Woods set the place ablaze early solely to falter down the stretch en path to a 2-under 69:
You’ll be able to’t ask for a greater begin to a event than the one Tiger drew up within the opening spherical. An eagle on the par-5 first gap gave him an instantaneous enhance – and amid a flurry of tributes to Kobe Bryant, it was becoming that his first putt of the day was a make from precisely 24 toes, eight inches. “It’s ironic, isn’t it?” Woods mentioned.

BY Ryan Lavner

 — February 13, 2020 at 7:57 PM
PGA Tour gamers have discovered distinctive methods to honor the reminiscence of Kobe Bryant in his outdated hometown. So did Tiger Woods on Thursday on the Genesis Invitational.

Woods was firing on all cylinders throughout the entrance 9, striping drives and stuffing wedges. He made it look straightforward on a course that has typically had his quantity, delivering 4-under 31 to briefly transfer into second place.
However a pulled drive off the 10th tee was emblematic of the struggles that lay forward. For as dialed in as he was within the early phases, Woods seemingly had no thought the place the ball was occurring the again 9 – particularly off the tee. He discovered only one fairway and was scrambling many of the approach, taking pictures a back-nine 38 that simply might have gotten into the 40s. “Didn’t hit many good pictures on the again 9 and made a pair unfastened swings,” he mentioned. “Made a pair good saves on the again for par, however simply wasn’t in a position to get any birdies on the again 9.”

BY Samantha Marks

 — February 13, 2020 at 7:30 PM
Tiger Woods is placing on a clinic within the first spherical of the Genesis Invitational. Check out the highlights.

Nonetheless, it wasn’t all bitter given Woods’ conventional struggles at Riv. Thursday marked simply his second spherical within the 60s right here since returning to the occasion in 2018, and it nonetheless left him inside the highest 20, 5 pictures behind early chief Matt Kuchar.
The ultimate stats on a wildly inconsistent day: 7 of 14 fairways, 11 of 18 greens in regulation and 28 putts.
Woods was downright wild off the tee coming down the stretch, lacking with the motive force in each instructions and twice left with no play however a pitch again towards the golf green from behind a tree. All instructed, he misplaced greater than three strokes to the sector simply off the tee within the nine-hole stretch.

Tiger (69): ‘Off to good begin … Wasn’t in a position to get any birdies on again’

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Woods was understandably a bit of salty in his post-round interview, having let a doubtlessly nice day flip right into a merely good one. However it could’ve been far worse had been it not for some spectacular, scrambling par saves on the again: up-and-downs on Nos. 13 and 15, to not point out a 6-foot save on No. 17 after working his birdie putt nicely previous.
Woods gained’t have a lot time to dwell on his uneven scorecard, with an early second-round tee time at 10:16 a.m. ET alongside Justin Thomas and Steve Stricker. “It’ll be a fast turnaround to get again at it,” he mentioned. “Hopefully I can hit it nearly as good as I did on that entrance 9 and provides myself a lot of appears for your complete 18 holes, not simply 9 holes.”

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