Woods signals days of being warm and cuddly Tiger are over
Woods signals days of being warm and cuddly Tiger are over
Woods aims to reverse Riviera fortunes
14 February, 2018, 18:03
The PGA Tour heads to the Riviera Country Club in California this weekend for the Genesis Open.
The folks playing host to the Genesis Open this week got the hype going Monday posting a 60-second Q&A with Tiger Woods.
Woods finished t-23 at Torrey Pines last month, showcasing an improved short game and solid command over his swing.
Jordan Spieth will be looking to re-find his putting touch - he's now 193 on the strokes gained putting stats on the PGA Tour.
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The 28-year-old had an excellent stretch in the Middle East on the European Tour when recording two top-three finishes in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, however he is yet to bring that form across the Atlantic to the States. The lefty had claimed his first victory in 2014 by using his power off the tee and accurate iron play.
"So I've got to do a little bit more homework (Wednesday) in the pro-am".
"I'd eventually like to win tournaments", the 42, year-old told pgatour.com. The stats show that he's finished second and first in Scrambling for the last two weeks.
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"I think that all three of us are excited about playing with one another in this event, and I'm looking forward to the challenge of not only competing against those guys but competing against the rest of the guys in the field".
Rory McIlroy: A MC last week in his first 2018 PGA Tour outing, but given he went T3-2nd in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, wouldn't be surprised if Rory ends up in contention this week.
Of the last three winners, James Hahn's victory in 2015 was unusual for a handful of reasons. The only question a year ago was how much rain the course would take over Friday and into Saturday.
McIlroy missed the cut last week after two top-3 finishes to start the year on the European Tour, while Spieth has yet to get up to speed with his putter. As a pro, Riviera is the course he has played the most times (8) without winning.
Xander is a much better putter on poa than Bermuda, so we'll need to target him more often on this green surface.
Other marquee groups include Matt Kuchar, Phil Mickelson and Tommy Fleetwood (10:32 a.m. Thursday/3:12 p.m. Friday), Patrick Cantlay, Jordan Spieth and Kevin Chappell (3:02 p.m. Thursday/10:22 a.m. Friday) and Dustin Johnson, Adam Scott and Bubba Watson (3:12 p.m. Thursday/10:32 a.m. Friday).
Justin Thomas: Started his season by winning the first ever CJ Cup @ Nine Bridges, and has since gone 11th-T22-T14-T17.
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