Tiger shoots 1-over par in Genesis first round

From ESPN - February 15, 2018

LOS ANGELES -- The power is there. The precision continues to be an issue early in Tiger Woods' comeback.

Hitting just 7 of 18 greens in regulation, Woods still managed to shoot 1-over-par 72 on Thursday at Riviera Country Club to settle into the middle of the pack through one round of the Genesis Open.

Playing his hometown event for the first time since 2006, Woods made five birdies, a double bogey and four bogeys in his round with Justin Thomas (69) and Rory McIlroy (71).

"I thought it was all right,'' Woods said. "I made some silly bogeys but I thought I hung in there and grinded.''

It was anything but routine. After birdieing his first hole of the day, the par-4 10th, Woods fired his first tee shot with a driver way right at the par-5 11th, the ball finding a tree and never dislodging.

That meant a hike back to the tee due to the lost ball, resulting in a double-bogey 7.

Woods struggled to find fairways early, and it resulted in another bogey at the 12th hole.

But from there, he mostly settled down, a mixture of good drives and not-so-good but far too many missed greens. He needed just 25 putts and showed some of the scrambling prowess that saved him three weeks ago at Torrey Pines.

"I am not that far off to really putting some good numbers out there,'' said Woods, who trailed leaders Tom Hoge, Dominic Bozzelli and Sam Saunders by five strokes. "I have got to clean up my card, too many bogeys out there. I am not really worried about 11 (the ball in the tree), but I made too many bogeys. If I can just clean that up, I can start making my way up the board.''

As was the case three weeks ago at the Farmers Insurance Open, Woods left himself little room for error as far as making the 36-hole cut, which will come Friday with the top 70 players and ties. Woods was tied for 71st early in the afternoon. There were two instances of massive, contorted swings out of the rough -- with seemingly no effect on his back.


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