19th hole: Tiger Woods rekindles his surprising Riviera relationship

As with many golf legends, Tiger Woods is an unashamed equine for certain courses.

The 42-year-old has had an affinity for some of a biggest, best and many critical contest venues in a game. That’s a good thing for building an eye-popping resume, given that we can’t win 14 majors hating a Old Course and Pebble Beach.

But his 11 Riviera Country Club appearances have been an peculiar brew of euphoria, a nearby win and a forgettable depart in his final coming some-more than a decade ago. The peculiar multiple of factors will usually make his rekindling of a Riviera attribute that many some-more special if he can spin out one of his few resume blemishes – an central hometown PGA Tour win.

Given his affinity for a famed George Thomas- and Billy Bell-designed masterpiece hosting a Genesis Open again, Woods should have lapped a margin here prolonged ago. Or during a really least, teed it adult here in a final 11 years given his 2006 WD due to a flu.

But now in a wise bookend to his career, a Woods Foundation advantages from a eventuality and Tiger is going to try to spin Hogan’s Alley into his stadium as he attempts to leave all of us with a few some-more thrills.

So what’s a understanding with Tiger and Riviera? The story involves poa annua, scheduling and traffic. Work with me here.

We all know this is where a La Mode Du Golf-wearing lanky child debuted on a PGA Tour in 1992 and was wowed by Davis Love’s scoring, desirous to get better. He did. A lot better.

The cameras followed him that week and everywhere else he went for a subsequent decade as Woods grew adult and became all his father pronounced he would – solely a leader in his home-area event. Not that there is good contrition in this, since, after all, Jack Nicklaus precious Riviera and couldn’t win during Hogan’s Alley. The Golden Bear even put dual of a holes in his best 18 vital championship holes though suffered several near-misses here, many particularly in a 1983 PGA Championship. He even done a late run in a 1998 U.S. Senior Open.

In 9 starts with a swoosh emblazoned on his hat, Woods owns a 69.39 scoring normal during Riviera and came closest to a win in 1999. He trailed by dual strokes streamer in a final spin and indispensable a birdie during a 18th to tie Ernie Els, though mislaid his proceed right, where it strike a unfortunately placed transport trail and finished adult in a benefaction stand.

That T-2 came a week after Woods sealed with 62-65 to win down during Torrey Pines and a year after he mislaid in a playoff to Billy Mayfair when a contest temporarily altered to Valencia Country Club. In a indirect Riviera appearances, Woods struggled to make putts on Riviera’s severe poa annua greens. In 2006, caddie Steve Williams didn’t have an powerful in a bag when a warn sleet struck Friday afternoon. Woods was already battling something, grew some-more ill overnight and withdrew a subsequent morning.

As fable has it, and Woods reliable to me in his possess approach final year, a whole thing was exacerbated by removing stranded in a heartless Friday night trade jam streamer to his camp easterly of a course. Riviera never done it onto his report again.

But a lot has altered given Tiger final strolled a kikuyu fairways, and a differences should work in his favor.

For starters, everybody knows to book camp south or west of a course, that Woods designed to do final year before his behind sidelined him from returning. No some-more 90-minute drives stranded in hellacious traffic.

Those severe poa greens?  So many smoother, interjection mostly to Riviera employing Matt Morton, one of a best superintendents in a country.

Woods also will find many holes extended and others personification shorter than he’ll remember, with a famous brief 10th practically a standard 3 to a PGA Tour margin now. The dual back-nine standard 5s, once vigourous and hard-to-reach holes, both are reachable in dual shots by scarcely all a players in this week’s Genesis Open.

Best of all? Riviera no longer sports a high severe seen in a late ‘90s and early 2000s. The problem of greens using 13 on a Stimpmeter allows a march to still poise adequate problems for today’s players. Woods should munch during a bit deliberation all of a factors operative in his favor. And L.A. fans will penchant saying him again. Gwk

 

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