Thursday in Los Angeles, for the first round of the Genesis Invitational, there was Matt Kuchar and the others. The forty-something American signed a card of 64 (-7) at the opening of the tournament, his best career on the course of the Riviera Country Club, to take three strokes ahead of all his pursuers.
Left in the morning with ideal conditions, the nine-time winner on the PGA Tour did not concede any bogey and lived a very quiet day, except this putt of 3 meters to save the par at hole number 4. Returned, therefore. “I think it’s one of the few courses that has remained a real golf test, whatever the era, will say Kuchar from the Riviera, the layout he adores. It was one 50 years ago when Ben Hogan was playing, and it is one today with Tiger Woods and all the young guys around. “
This is the 11th time that Matt Kuchar has conducted a tournament after 18 rounds on the PGA Tour. He won Sunday only twice.
Woods starts well
Host of the tournament, Tiger Woods begins his week with a card of 69 (-2). Descended to -4 after eight holes with an eagle from the 1st, the man with 82 victories on the PGA Tour but never at the Riviera settled in 17th place in the ranking, alongside Justin Rose and Brooks Koepka.
But fans will remember Woods’ unintentional tribute to basketball player Kobe Bryant, with his eagle putt at 1 which was exactly 24 feet 8 inches (7.5 meters), the jersey numbers worn by Kobe in his career. “It’s pretty ironic, will entrust a moved Tiger to the clubhouse. And there is also hole number 8 (which was decorated in tribute to the Black Mamba), where I stuck to the mast and I got this important birdie. “
Beautiful people settle in the top 10 at -3, including Rafa Cabrera Bello, Jason Day, Bryson DeChambeau or the new world number 1 Rory McIlroy, who registered two eagles in the same game for the fifth time in his American career .
Other notable scores: Jon Rahm (-1), Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth (+1), Justin Thomas (+3).