Sunday, 27 September, 2020

Tiger Woods Pays Emotional Tribute to Kobe Bryant at Genesis Invitational

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Cary Erickson | 15 February, 2020, 10:08

None of us really got it going early on, but then you have 17 and then the first hole in a space of a few holes so you can make some red numbers there, which I was able to do.

"I weakened my left-hand grip a little bit again, just to neutralise the ball flight a little bit".

He hung his head immediately after a chunked pitching wedge that plugged into the bunker short of the green, leaving no shot to a front pin. "I was not sharp today", the reigning Masters champion said. "It was a nice way to start", said Woods, noting that the numbers matched the two numbers that Kobe Bryant had worn during his National Basketball Association career.

"You feel like you've already given up two shots on the day".

Tiger Woods' hopes of a record 83rd PGA Tour win were dealt a blow on Friday after carding a disappointing two-over-par 73 on the second round of the Genesis Invitational.

Yet a 35-footer on the par-five 17th set up an extraordinary trio of holes around the turn that featured him bogeying the 18th - after missing the fairway - and then grabbing another three on the par-five first, when hitting his approach from 180 yards to three feet. Having ranked No. 1 in Strokes Gained Approach the Green in the first round - gaining nearly 3.5 strokes on the field - he was outside the top 100 in the second round, an uncomfortable rank in a 120-man event.

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His birdie at the eighth took him to four under as he went out in 31, but the 44-year-old was wayward off the tee on the back nine and came home in 38 to end with a two-under 69 to trail leader Matt Kuchar by five shots.

Kuchar, meanwhile, made birdie on two of the par 5s, made two birdie putts of 30 feet or longer and rarely was in trouble as he shot a seven-under 64 - matching his best score at Riviera.

Woods, who tied for 10th previous year at Chapultepec Golf Club but was never in serious contention, did not offer a reason and was vague when asked about his schedule this week. "Like I said, very ironic that I happened to have those numbers on those holes and those exact measurements". "They're challenging weeks in themselves, talking to the staff and sponsors and different obligations that a tournament host has".

Former world No. 1 Koepka, reigning champion J.B. Holmes and Justin Rose are among the players at 2 under, while 2018 winner Dustin Johnson, two-time champion Phil Mickelson, three-time victor Bubba Watson and Jordan Spieth ended the day 1 over. There have been widespread rumblings throughout the week about the proposed Premier Golf League splinter tour. With one more win, Woods would break his current tie with Sam Snead for most PGA Tour wins in history. Outwardly, he remains focused on this week, this leaderboard.

Brooks Koepka is skipping for the second time in three years, the first time by choice.

Woods did just that instantly. "But I'm now pretty far back and I have to make a lot of birdies this weekend".