Three golfers share the lead entering Saturday’s play in the $7.2 million Genesis Open while Tiger Woods will officially miss the cut when the final 15 players complete their second rounds.
Woods shot a 5-over-par 76 Friday at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, leaving him at 6-over-par for the tournament, putting him in an eight-way tie for 116th place. The field will be reduced to the low 70 plus ties when the round concludes. It is mathematically impossible for Woods to be among the golfers making the cut.
“I didn’t really play that well today,” Woods said Friday. “I missed every tee shot left and I did not putt well, didn’t feel very good on the greens and consequently never made a run. I knew I had to make a run on that back nine and I went the other way.”
Woods played the front nine in 2-over-par, including bogeys on the fourth, sixth, seventh and ninth holes and birdies on the third and fifth.
He birdied the 10th hole to get back to 1-over-par, but it would turn out to be his final birdie of the round. He bogeyed the 11th, 12th, 13th and 16th holes.
“I didn’t play very well on that back nine, and the feeling of not feeling very good over my putts finally caught up with me,” Woods said.
This is the 25th time in Woods’ 330 PGA Tour starts he has missed the cut.
The Genesis Open is Woods second PGA Tour event after being sidelined for a year following a fourth back surgery. He tied for 23rd in his first, last month’s Farmers Insurance Open in La Jolla.
When asked for his opinion of his game two tournaments into his comeback, Woods responded, “I’m both pleased and also not very happy with some parts of it. It’s nice to be back competing again and to be able to go out there and play, practice after each round. That’s been nice, something I haven’t done in years.”
Woods has entered next week’s The Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, his first attempt at playing PGA Tour events on consecutive weeks since August 2015.
Woods said he was “very pleased” and “very excited” about playing two weeks in a row.
Woods said he plans to remain at Riviera over the weekend to work on his game.
Woods’ event company, TGR Live, operates the Genesis Open.
Patrick Cantlay, Graeme McDowell and Sam Saunders held a one-stroke lead over Ryan Moore when play was suspended by darkness at 5:46 p.m. Friday with 15 players still needing to complete their rounds. Saunders was a 3-under through 15 holes when play was suspended.
Cantlay shared the opening-round lead with Tony Finau, then shot a 2- under-par 69 Friday to go to 7-under-par for the tournament.
“I played well today,” said Cantlay, who began his round on the 10th hole and had five birdies, including three in a row, and bogeys on the fifth, ninth and 15th holes.”The wind was switching all over the place for probably the first 12 or so holes I played and it was tricky.
“It was really, really, really strong to start and then laid down a little bit, kind of switched. But it was an up-and-down day. I did a lot of good things, everything’s good. Just got to clean up a few things and it would have been a really great one.”
This is the second time in his 47 PGA Tour career starts that Cantlay has led or share the lead through two rounds.
McDowell’s 5-under-par 66 matched Austin Cook for the low round of the day.
Moore opened his round with an eagle on the par-5 first hole and a birdie on the par-4 second. He played the rest of the round at par, moving from a tie for sixth into sole possession of fourth place.
Finau shot an even-par 71, dropping into a tie for fifth.
Defending champion Dustin Johnson shot a 2-under-par 69, advancing from a tie for 107th place to a tie for 52nd. Johnson moved into first in the Official World Golf Ranking with last year’s victory at Riviera and has kept that position ever since.
—City News Service
>> Want to read more stories like this? Get our Free Daily Newsletters Here!Follow us: