Bubba's back, Watson wins Genesis Open at Riviera
- Author: Stacy Allen Feb 20, 2018,
Feb 20, 2018, 19:52
Tiger Woods, who returned to the Riviera for the first time in 12 years, missed the cut after following an opening round of 72 with a disappointing 76 in the second.
It was more of the same for Sam Saunders, and hope that it will get better as the week goes on.
Five-time major-winner Phil Mickelson briefly pulled within one shot of the lead before settling for a 68 that saw him head a group on 276 that also included Australian Cameron Smith (71) and Canadian Adam Hadwin (66).
This is the 11th time Watson has held at least a share of the 54-hole lead, recording three victories in those instances.
"Last year was kind of a hot day".
"The last year-and-a-half, nearly two years give or take, has been a struggle, because I want to be at the top", said Watson, who was ranked 117th when he arrived at Riviera but will move into the top 50 with his latest victory.
"I didn't really play that well", Woods said. But I've dealt with it for a very long time.
Hoge birdied the 15th and 18th holes, two of the stronger holes at Riviera. "So you've got to just keep fighting and hopefully you make more birdies than bogeys". In 2016-'17, he only holed five shots from off the green the entire season.
Woods opened with a birdie by playing the short par-4 10th to perfection. He fell back with consecutive bogeys and shot 69. The ball was never found, presumably lost in the tree. England's Southgate, joint leader overnight, had a double bogey after driving into the water on the 18th.
Kevin Na and Tony Finau ended the week tied second with Scott Stallings and Patrick Cantlay in tied fourth. He still managed par.
The PGA Tour announced during the second round of the Genesis Open Friday that Woods had committed to the event in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, near his Jupiter home. I was seventh in the world, didn't get picked for the Ryder Cup. which I shouldn't have. "But my normal iron shots that I've always dialled in for much of my entire career, it's just not there".
McIlroy struggled with his putting at Pebble, and he admitted he was looking forward to getting off the poa annua grass and onto a bermuda surface at the Honda Classic next week.
The first time Watson won here, he played the final 36 holes without a bogey, something that is usually impossible considering Riviera's hard layout. It was never hard to figure out where Woods was on the golf course, and that was particularly true for Saunders. And although Woods' one-over beginning here at Riviera was error-strewn off the tee, McIlroy has not altered his view.
"I put it down as a missed opportunity for sure", Baddeley said.
It's no big secret that golf fans can be ridiculous.
"I made a slight adjustment on the range this morning, I just got a little bit closer to the ball", he said.