Tiger Woods A poor score was blamed for Friday’s disappointing 74, but he appeared to be a lock to play this weekend when darkness prevented the Genesis Invitational, his first US PGA Tour start. in seven months.
It was a disappointing day for the 15-time major champion, who is testing for the first time since the British Open in July as he continues to battle serious leg injuries suffered in a car accident in February 2021. .
Woods’ one-round total of 143 put him one out of the cut as he walked off the course.
After a tough afternoon that saw line-up changes, the day ended with a line-cut consisting of one-over and a handful of players left on the course that could be changed. when the tournament resumes on Saturday morning.
Woods, who was 11 shots off the American lead Max Homhad five bogeys, including two to end his round on the eighth and ninth.
But he said his problems on the Riviera Country Club greens started earlier.
“I wasn’t good today,” Woods said. “I blocked a lot of shots early and that was probably the highest goal I could shoot today.
“(I) probably should have shot five or six more than this, easily.
“It was easy for me to get off to a hot start and I didn’t, then in the middle of the round I could have turned a little bit and I didn’t,” added Woods, who caught the bird space from within 10. feet to his starting hole, the 10th, and one from less than five feet to the 11th.
When he couldn’t convert them he dropped a shot at the 12th, where he couldn’t save par from a greenside bunker.
He shot 13, where he needed three holes to reach the green and missed a five-footer to save the par.
Birdies on the 14th and 17th got him even for the day, but he was in trouble coming home.
On the par-three sixth he rolled his shot back to the front of the sloping green, 71 feet from the pin. He pulled his putt into the hole in the middle of the green and he bogeyed it.
He was in the fairway at eight, his outside shot barely ahead of him and his third shot rolled onto the green.
In the ninth he missed the highway and came upon a green cover. His outside shot drifted to the green and his hole shot to stay on the intended cut line was out of bounds.
On the sixth, Woods said, he decided not to putt because there was “a chance to get back to the front of the green.
“The mountain found more than I thought it would and it ended up in a box,” he said. “I mean, I tried to give myself a chance to make the most of it.
“I actually had two bad calls in the wind on six and nine and I ended up getting two shots there.”
Woods, who reiterated this week that he hopes to play four major championships and a few more tournaments this year as his legs continue to limit him, said his history of injuries meant that makes constant changes to its devices.
“I have had many operations, only the ankle was replaced, the foot was replaced,” he said. “Shoes are changed, socks are changed, everything is a moving target, how much I stand up, how much I am weak, how strong I am, what is inactive, the muscles above, are. It’s always a work in progress.”
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