PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. – Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods remain tied with zero victories over the legendary Riviera.
On the legendary course where many golfers have hoisted a trophy, the two biggest players remain excluded after Woods failed to qualify for the final round of the Genesis Open and finishes 15th tied. But at least this time, Woods offers a show that fans will not forget so soon.
During the weekends of '65 and '72, Woods might have redefined his narrative on the Riviera that sank after an absence of 12 years, followed by his return in 2018 and a missed cut. The son of Southern California, a native of Southern California, did not talk much about the magic of the historical ties in which he played his first tournament on the PGA Tour in 1992, aside from a second place finish at last century.
Woods' "futility" was a little overrated given the multiple runs of 65 or more. However, on Saturday afternoon, the charge included a 5-under-par start on four holes, sending roars of tigers through the Santa Monica canyon. Since Phil Mickelson's last birdie here in 2012 and Nicklaus Riviera's PGA final in 1983 and the American Senior Open in 1998, L.A. fans have not had the chance to experience such a performance.
With cold temperatures and a pause between Saturday's second and third laps, a surprising number stayed late for the restart, including actor Josh Duhamel and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin. Woods rewarded the crowd with a birdie-eagle-birdie-birdie race recorded mainly by mobile phones. Woods' partners, Peter Malnati and Cody Gribble, seemed naturally overwhelmed by the size and volume of the crowd, but Woods finally seemed to have faith in the greens, which were missing in his first two rounds.
His first flagship event on the Riviera HD took place Saturday afternoon at 11th of the normal 5, which, combined with the three birds, placed him in a semblance of hassle. When Mickelson followed with an eagle back on the 10th, the roars in the canyon gave resilient fans a long-awaited memory of the Tigers within the city of Los Angeles.
He continued to play regularly early Sunday, but the alarm ringtones at 2 pm had the best success of the 43-year-old. He finished the week at age 6, eight strokes behind the winner, J.B. Holmes.
"I'm tired," said Woods. "I do not know if I'm the only one, but I really felt it today."
Woods seemed to improve his comfort level, his energy and his concentration as the week went on, until he flamed late Sunday night, as the winds rose, with a strong strike all the way through. of the week. Hit hit 36 of 56 fairways and 51 of 72 greens. However, the gradual improvement that reached its peak on Saturday also suggests that the Weekend Week program of the tournament may have to be reduced if it wants to win at Riviera.
"It's a busy week," he said to the question of whether bonds were a distraction. "Whenever I have organized events in the last 20 years, these are busy weeks.There is a lot to be done as part of organization and play tasks so I've got it done before, I managed to and I hope we can get him here. "
With its window to win in Riviera gradually closing, the major champion out of 14 and the 80-lap winner of the PGA will have had a full career regardless of what's happening in the Pacific Palisades. But would not it be incredible if he set the new bar of tour victories to where it all began?
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