Tiger Woods created the sort of start that has been so regularly ailing in his rounds at Riviera Country Club throughout the years.
They just couldn’t exactly continue it.
In the wake of eagling his opening gap and making two additional birdies over the initial nine holes to shoot 31, Woods chilled in the first round of the Genesis Invitational and made due with a score of 69 on Thursday.
It was a frustrating back nine after such a great amount of good over the initial nine holes.
“I got off to a nice start on the front nine and just didn’t hit many good shots on the back nine,” Woods said. “Made a couple loose swings and made a couple good saves on the back nine for par, but just wasn’t able to get any birdies on the back nine.”
Woods noticed that he had not rehearsed nearby a lot of this current week, particularly on the driving extent.
“I was trying to piece it together on the range and I did a good job of figuring out how to make solid contact and get the ball heading in the right direction and was able to get off to a quick start there with a quick 3,” they said. “A lot of good shots on the front nine. The ones I did miss today were generally left and obviously didn’t hit ’em right.”
During his intensely hot front nine, Woods had a few Kobe Bryant-related minutes in his first full occasion since Bryant’s passing a month ago in a helicopter crash. The first was his hawk putt on the standard 5 opening gap, which estimated at 24 feet, 8 inches (Bryant’s numbers).
At that point on the eighth opening, which has a Kobe No. 8 banner in Lakers hues this week at Riviera, they paid tribute to Bryant by doing a one-gave b-ball like shot of his ball back to his caddie in the wake of making birdie.
“It’s ironic, isn’t it? It was a nice way to start,” said Woods, who was old buddies with Bryant. “I didn’t know about the putt being that long.” As they stated, amusing that having those two numbers. And afterward No. 8, happened to hit one in there close and had a decent kick in there for birdie.
“No matter what we do, I think for a while we’re going to always remember Kobe and what he meant, and especially here in SoCal and the entire sports world. Like I said, very ironic that I happened to have those numbers on those holes and those exact measurements.”
Matt Kuchar’s opening-cycle 64 has him four in front of a huge number of players under standard, and Woods may mourn not exploiting a completely flawless day in Southern California.
Just because since 2004, Woods shot a front nine of 4 under or better, and it was just the second time he shot under standard over openings one through nine in his previous eight endeavors.
In any case, in the wake of making the turn, Woods missed the fairway very much left at the short standard 4 tenth while attempting to drive the green; they made due with a standard. In the wake of hitting a tree off the tee at the standard 5 eleventh, they was in position to make a birdie when they wedged to 10 feet however couldn’t get the putt to drop.
His first intruder came at the standard 4 twelfth, where his methodology turned directly over the green. At the thirteenth, his tee shot was again left, constraining their to chip out, yet he got it here and there from the fairway, making a 5-footer for standard. They additionally spared standard from 7 feet at the fifteenth.
At that point at the standard 5 seventeenth, Woods found a fairway fortification, needed to wedge down the fairway and still had 200 yards left for his third shot, leaving himself a 70-footer that he figured out how to two-putt to spare standard. Woods hit just one of seven fairways on the back nine and made no birdies over the end 10 openings.
Woods is the host of the competition, which this year was given raised status, making it like the Arnold Palmer Invitational and Jack Nicklaus’ Memorial. The nearest PGA Tour stop to Woods’ youth home in Cypress, California, Woods has never succeeded at Riviera in 12 attempts, the greater part of any competition they has played without a triumph.