Tiger Woods simmers after strong start to Genesis Invitational


The quest for record-breaking PGA Tour win No. 83 is on and Tiger Woods is in position.

Playing and hosting this week at the Genesis Invitational at Riviera Country Club, Woods began the first round with an eagle, ultimately carding a 2-under 69 on Thursday afternoon. The 15-time major champion walked off the course T-16.

Woods began the round with an eagle on the par-5 opening hole and cruised to a 4-under 31 on the front nine thanks to birdies on Nos. 5 and 8. At the turn, Woods was just three shots off the lead after hitting six of seven fairways and six of eight greens in regulation.

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On the par-4 10th, known for being one of the best driveable par 4s in golf, Woods went for the green and missed left behind a cluster of trees lining the rough. His pitch came up short of the green but Woods was able to scramble for a par and keep a bogey-free round alive.

Then came the 12th hole.

Woods hit the fairway but missed with his approach off the green and left. From the fringe he lagged a chip to six feet and just missed the edge with his par putt for a bogey. He continued to grind out pars for the rest of the round until an untimely bogey on the 18th, finishing the back nine at 2-over 38.

Woods, Justin Thomas and Steve Stricker tee off once again on Friday morning at 10:16 a.m. ET off the iconic 10th hole.

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