LOS ANGELES – On a cool, wet and mostly miserable day, Tiger Woods played more holes in competition than at any other time when he returned from the spinal fusion operation nearly two years ago.
And with mixed results that left him frustrated.
Woods played 30 holes at the Riviera Country Club on Friday and lamented a mediocre day on the greens while he was getting lost in his last two games in the rain to finish tied at 1 under par at the # 1. 39; Open Genesis. Justin Thomas, who played alongside him with Rory McIlroy, is 10 under, tied with Adam Scott.
Justin Thomas and Adam Scott were both under 10 and shared the lead when the opening of the Genesis Open was stopped by the black Friday night at Riviera.
Tiger Woods grew up near the Riviera Country Club. He knows the place, says it fits him in the eye. It is however the tournament that he has played the most without a win. Why is that?
Woods is tied for 55th place and, like last year here, should probably be fighting to make the 36 hole cup with half the field to start the second round.
"It was a tough day," said Woods, who will play the last six holes of his second round Saturday morning starting at 7:00 am (Eastern Time). "I'm stiff now, it was pretty cold late, the ball did not go very far, it was just amazing how good and how good [Thomas] put today, he did everything today. He made difficult conditions seem easy. & # 39; & # 39;
Woods played 29 holes on Saturday of the PGA Championship last August, completing 11 holes in the second round before playing the entire third round. In both cases he shot four times under 66 and finished second behind Brooks Koepka. But it was over 90 degrees in St. Louis, far from the wet conditions Woods faced on Friday.
This is his second start in 2019, after finishing tied for the 20th last month at the Farmers Insurance Open. After a slow start Friday that saw him bogey two of his first seven holes, Woods replied with four consecutive birdies from the eighth, but made a boguey at the normal 17 and was content to 39, a 70 under the total.
After a short break, he started the second lap on the 10th hole and made two birdies on the first three, but made bogeys in the 16th and 18th. After driving in a middle distance for an eagle on the first hole, Woods suffered in the rain, struggling to make good moves, leading to bogeys in the second and third holes before the game was called because of the darkness .
"I played badly today," said Woods, who needed 34 putts on his 18-hole opening, when he hit 17 greens in regulation. "I did not hit it that bad, I felt it was controlling it pretty well and just day on the greens."
Woods hosts the Genesis Open, which is run by its TGR Foundation. But the event has always given him fits. In 12 previous appearances, 11 on the Riviera, Woods has never won – he has often competed in a tournament of his career without a win. Last year, he missed the cut on his first appearance here since 2006.