Published: Sun, February 18, 2018

Tiger Woods shoots second-round 76, misses cut at Genesis Open

Tiger Woods shoots second-round 76, misses cut at Genesis Open

The idea that Woods has never won a professional tournament at Riviera Country Club is baffling to me.

"I need some tournament rounds, " Woods said after a 76 following his opening-round 72 was well outside the cut line at the tournament where he first played as a 16-year-old in 1992.

"For her only child to go through the struggles was a little rough on her", Woods said, "so she's very proud of me getting back out there".

You've got a six-foot putt and they'll shout "It doesn't break as much as you think", just stuff like that - stuff they don't have to say.

Cantlay and McDowell finished their rounds, while Saunders was through 15 holes when play was halted for the night.

McIlroy overcame three bogeys with a birdie and an eagle at the par-five first - where he rolled in a 30-footer - for an even par 71. He is now No. 550.

Cantlay, who played two years at UCLA before turning professional in 2012, had six birdies and a bogey on the fourth hole.

After a three-over par first round, Johnson posted a two-under 69 on Friday to stand one-over for the tournament. Starting on the reachable par-4 10th, where one mistake can lead to big numbers, Woods played it perfectly with an iron to the far left of the fairway for the best angle into the green, a wedge to just under 10 feet and a birdie.

"I've enjoyed the way I've hit it the last couple days, and I look forward to getting back at it tomorrow", McDowell said. "The wind was switching all over the place for probably the first 12 or so holes I played and it was tricky".

But McIlroy offered a positive assessment of Woods, who was making only his second start in a full-field PGA Tour event since returning to action from spinal fusion surgery previous year.

But as at Torrey Pines three weeks ago he displayed a solid short game in an eventful round that included five birdies, four bogeys and a double-bogey.

For example, he missed the green on seven of the eight par-3s.

"Eucalyptus don't normally keep golf balls, but this one did", Woods said.

"I did a lot of good things, just got to clean up a few things and it would have been a really great one".

McIlroy also hinted Woods was at a disadvantage due to the distractions from the vast galleries that follow him every time he tees it up on the PGA Tour.

Woods is well aware of how hard the Honda venue is, but then again, not many of them are easy. "He's very close", the Ulsterman said.

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