Tiger Woods goes from contention to cut line after rough Friday at Genesis Invitational


After another solid start on his opening hole, Tiger Woods went from contention to cut line, wasting opportunities along the way on Friday morning.

Starting on the famed, driveable par-4 10th hole, the tournament host of the Genesis Invitational made an opening birdie and proceeded to ho-hum his way around Riviera Country Club en route to a 2-over 73. Woods walked off the course at even par for the tournament, just one shot off the then-projected cut line of 1 over.

Whether he was in the fairway or rough, Woods’ approach shots largely fell short, and his touch on the greens wasn’t much better.

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Despite nuking a 335-yard drive on the par-4 15th, Woods flat-out blew this approach from 144 yards out from the center of the fairway, leaving an awkward lie in a greenside bunker. His out rolled off the green, and his chip from the fringe rolled past the cup, leaving a six-footer for bogey. It was a testy downhill putt that didn’t fall, leading to a crippling double-bogey.

Woods then went on a bogey stretch on holes 3, 4 and 6, bringing the fluctuating cut line into play. A trio of scrambled pars put an end to a largely forgettable round.

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