Three weeks private from personification in his final tournament, Tiger Woods earnings to foe this week when he plays a Genesis Open during Riviera Country Club.
Woods, who finished tied for 23rd during a Farmers Insurance Open final month during Torrey Pines, will be interconnected with Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas in a initial dual rounds, that start Thursday.
Riviera is a special place for Woods, who grew adult usually down a highway in Cypress and, in 1992 as a 16-year-old amateur, finished his PGA Tour entrance there during what was afterwards called a Nissan Open during Riviera. Woods shot a important — if not conspicuous — 72-75 en track to blank a cut.
Woods, however, hasn’t played during Riviera given 2006, when he withdrew with an illness, and has had churned formula there in his 10 appearances as a professional. His best finish there was a runner-up in 1999.
His opening during Torrey Pines was distant some-more enlivening than it was discouraging. He was haphazard with a driver, attack usually 17 of 56 fairways for a week. But to fire 3-under for a contest formed on those erring pushing statistics (he was tied for 76th in pushing for a tournament) is a covenant to how good Woods’ brief diversion was that week.
The severe during Torrey Pines was US Open length. The severe during Riviera is roughly nonexistent. So if Woods has been means to tie his tee shots adult in use a final integrate of weeks and he brings a same brief diversion bravery to a march this week, he could contend.
Woods was ranked 21st in scrambling during Torrey, eighth in putting and 16th in strokes gained putting.
Speaking to reporters on Tuesday in his pre-tournament press conference, Woods sounded identical to a approach he sounded 3 weeks ago during Torrey Pines. He is tempering expectations and vocalization in terms of baby stairs in this comeback.
For example, he has not nonetheless committed to play a Honda Classic, that is subsequent week, given he wants to see how he feels about personification back-to-back tournaments.
“I’m usually starting back,’’ Woods pronounced Tuesday. “I’ve been divided from a diversion for a really prolonged time. I’ve fundamentally played dual tournaments. I’ve got a lot of room for alleviation and a prolonged approach to go.’’
Asked what will go into his preference either to play Honda, that he has until a finish of a day Friday to dedicate to, Woods said: “Not to feel sore, to feel like we can play all-out again with usually 3 days off, to go full-bore again a week after playing. I’ve been perplexing to copy that during home, though it’s usually not a same.’’
Woods added, “It would be a good pointer if we do play and a intelligent pointer if we didn’t play,’’ joking with reporters about his conscious ambiguity.
He pronounced he was bruise after personification Torrey Pines, though not in his back, that he pronounced feels great.
“My feet were bruise given I’m not used to walking 4 rounds,’’ he said. “But it was a good sore.’’
As for a back, Woods said: “My [swing] speed has come behind given my behind is now good again. My front is no longer there so there’s no some-more pain there and we feel great. That’s because I’ve gotten my speed back.’’
Barring variable circumstances, reading a tea leaves and bargain how most Woods needs rival rounds to ramp adult for a Masters, that would be his initial start in a vital championship given a 2015 PGA Championship, design him to play Honda.
As for this week, Woods stays astonished as to because he hasn’t played Riviera well.
“I adore a golf course, it fits my eye and we play it awful,’’ Woods pronounced with a smile. “For some reason, we usually don’t play it well.’’
Among a veteran events Woods has entered during slightest 4 times, Riviera stays a usually one he hasn’t won.
“I’ve had several chances to win during Riviera, though usually haven’t gotten it done,’’ Woods said. “Obviously, it would meant a lot to me, even some-more now as contest host.’’
The tournament, that advantages Woods’ foundation, will benefaction hurdles to him this week that go distant over his miss of contest play a final few years and a parsimonious fairways of Riviera.
The margin is stacked, including fortifying champion and stream universe No. 1 Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, McIlroy, Thomas, a reigning PGA Tour actor of a Year and Phil Mickelson, who’s entrance off uninterrupted top-five finishes and has won twice during Riviera.
Woods, who’s ranked 550th in a world, played a behind 9 with Thomas, who flew to L.A. with him on his plane, on Tuesday and will play all 18 in a pro-am on Wednesday. The some-more contest he plays, a aloft his and everybody else’s expectations will rise.
“Eventually, I’d like to win tournaments,” Woods said. “I am perplexing to get by that routine to get to that point. Once we get in row we can hoop myself. we usually need to get there.”