Golf: Matt Kuchar escapes on the first lap, Tiger Woods at five lengths

Posted Feb 14 2020 at 9:36 amUpdated Feb 14. 2020 at 9.40 a.m.

The American Matt Kuchar, who reduced a card from 64 to 7 shots under par, already has three lengths ahead of his first pursuers and five on Tiger Woods, on the evening of the 1st round of the Genesis Invitational golf, counting for the North American Circuit (PGA).

“It has been a very, very pleasant day,” said the leader, nine PGA tour tournaments on his clock, which started very strong and kept going until the end.

Tiger Woods had a less fun day, which he ended with a bogey on the 18th. The “Tiger”, who is breaking the absolute title record (82) he co-owns with Sam Snead, has never won on the greens of the Riviera Country Club, in the western suburbs of Los Angeles.

“I had a good first leg, but I didn’t have a lot of good shots on the return,” he said.

After placing the bar very high at the entrance with an eagle on the 1st hole, followed by two birdies on the outward course, it went bad for Woods on the return, where he conceded two bogeys without succeeding in birdie.

The game promises to be difficult for the 44-year-old Californian, stuck in 17th place five lengths from the head.

Rory McIlroy extended his regained rank of world N.1, making two eagles at the 1st and 17th holes to share the 7th place four shots behind the leader.

Ranking after the 1st round of the Genesis Invitational, at the Riviera Country Club (par 71):

1. Matt Kuchar (USA) 64

2. Lee Kyoung-hoon (KOR) 67

. Russell Henley (USA) 67

. Wyndham Clark (USA) 67

. Adam Schenk (USA) 67

. Harold Varner (USA) 67

7. Rafa Cabrera Bello (ESP) 68

. Carlos Ortiz (MEX) 68

. Rory McIlroy (NIR) 68

. Patrick Cantlay (USA) 68

. Jason Day (AUS) 68

. Bryson DeChambeau (USA) 68

. Andrew Landry (USA) 68

. Joel Dahmen (USA) 68

. Patrick Reed (USA) 68

. James Hahn (USA) 68

17. Scottie Scheffler (USA) 69

. Im Sung-jae (KOR) 69

. Brooks Koepka (USA) 69

. Paul Casey (ENG) 69

. Sebastián Munoz (COL) 69

. J.T. Poston (USA) 69

. Michael Thompson (USA) 69

. Denny McCarthy (USA) 69

. Tiger Woods (USA) 69

. Kang Sung (KOR) 69

. J.B. Holmes (USA) 69

. Justin Rose (ENG) 69

. Kim Si-woo (KOR) 69

. Chez Reavie (USA) 69

. Scott Stallings (USA) 69

. Vaughn Taylor (USA) 69

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