misses cut at Riviera after eight bogeys
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[February 17, 2018]
(Reuters) - A struggling Tiger
Woods failed to make the cut at the Genesis Open in California on
Friday as he had eight bogeys in a round of five-over-par 76.
The disappointing play left the 14-times major champion at six-over
148, four strokes over the projected cut of +2.
"I've just got to play more tournaments," said Woods, making his
second start of the PGA Tour season after a year-long absence
following back surgery.
Britain's Graeme McDowell and American Patrick Cantlay shared the
clubhouse lead at seven-under 135.
Northern Ireland's McDowell shot a five-under 66, while Cantlay
posted a 69.
American Sam Saunders also was at seven-under through 15 holes with
countryman Ryan Moore another stroke back after a 68.
Bad light forced play to be abandoned with about 20 players still to
finish their second rounds. They will return on Saturday to finish.
Still troubled by his driving and putting, Woods made only three
birdies during his second round and had more bogeys than scores of
Despite his problems, the former world number one committed to play
in next week's Honda Classic in Florida, marking the first time in
three years he has entered tournaments on back-to-back weeks.
"I need some tournament rounds," Woods said of the event near his
Despite the problems, Woods said he believed he was progressing in
"I haven't played golf in years," he said. "I'm starting to come
back and it's going to take a little time. I am progressing, I'm
starting to get a feel for tournament golf again. I just need to
clean up my rounds."
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Tiger Woods lines up a putt on the second green during the second
round of the Genesis Open golf tournament at Riviera Country Club.
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Woods' troubles began on the front nine and went downhill when he
had birdies around a bogey at the fourth hole before three bogeys in
four holes from the sixth left him at two-over.
A birdie at 10 appeared to give him fresh hope, but it did not last.
"I thought I could pump a drive down there at 11 and get to it with
an iron and turn the tide around and play a good solid back nine,"
Woods said. "But I didn't do it."
Three successive bogeys and another at 16 followed, wiping out any
hope of salvaging the round.
Poor putting did not help.
"Today was the first day I felt bad with a putter this year," Woods
"I didn't feel very good when I was warming up about putting."
(Editing by Greg Stutchbury)
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