Published: Wed, February 14, 2018
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McGirt returns to Riviera for Genesis Open

McGirt returns to Riviera for Genesis Open

McIlroy and Thomas are the last two winners of the FedEx Cup, the PGA Tour's Order of Merit, while 14-time Major victor Woods of course needs little introduction.

Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas and Tiger Woods are grouped for at least the first two rounds of the PGA Tour's Genesis Open 2018 this week at Riviera California.

The golf legend will get another chance at the Genesis Open at Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles this week, marking his second PGA tournament this season.

Tiger Woods plays his shot from the fifth tee during the third round of the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines South on January 27, 2018 in San Diego, California.

It's been happening for an bad long time and starting with his top 10 at Pebble Beach last week and reading backwards the Englishman's results read: 8-8-11-19-7-5-33-4-5-13-5-11-5. If the 42-year-old does triumph it will be his landmark 80th PGA tour success, which would draw him to within two of Sam Snead's all-time record.

The par-3 14th is a key hole on the course and one of the best spots on the property to watch the tournament thanks to the Genesis Lounge, which combines comfort and luxury with great views of the golf (make sure to arrive early to pick your spot). Live coverage begins on Thursday from 2.30pm on Sky Sports Golf and 4pm on Sky Sports Main Event. He had finished in the top 3 in this first two events of the year, but was playing in the United States for the first time in 2018.

With Genesis offering complimentary WiFi in select places around the course (such as in the clubhouse, at the Genesis Lounge and at The Bluffs), spectators can stay connected and follow all the action on the event's Twitter and Instagram (@GenesisOpen), as well as post all their favorite moments from this year's event to their own feeds with the hashtag #genesisopen. It's the definition of an exciting risk-reward hole: anything from eagle to double bogey is in play here. So I've got to do a little bit more homework tomorrow in the pro-am.

"Eventually, I'd like to win tournaments, " Woods said.

"I listened", Thomas said. The stats show that he's finished second and first in Scrambling for the last two weeks. However, he has played well this season with a pair of top-10 finishes at the Hero World Challenge and QBE Shootout - both unofficial PGA Tour events. He repeated that round on Friday to steal sole possession of the lead and never looked back.

Of the last three winners, James Hahn's victory in 2015 was unusual for a handful of reasons. He was T2 in his first outing here last year, and although this is his first start in the United States of America this year, he's had an encouraging start to the year - finishing T5 in Abu Dhabi before a T32 in Dubai.

Back up the price grid and Brendan Steele at 50s is a decent price in his home State and on greens he grew up on and I really like Alex Noren on this course which is flawless for his left-to-right ball flight but we've really ducked him at 35s. As a pro, Riviera is the course he has played the most times (8) without winning.

Johnson tops the betting at 5/1, which is no surprise considering the American came top of the pile a year ago, and was runner-up in each of the 2014 and 2015 editions. The most exciting part previous year was the shootout for second place.

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