Tiger Woods binds a special place in his heart for Riviera Country Club, where he will make a second stop on his 2018 quip tour.
Woods has never won an eventuality during a ancestral Los Angeles venue, where he came to grips with a reality, as a teenage amateur, that his diversion was not scarcely as clever as he believed it to be. Despite that, Woods wrote on Thursday that he was psyched to revisit a 92-year-old march that has hosted 3 vital championships.
“I am dismissed adult to lapse to Riviera,” Woods pronounced on his website dual weeks brazen of a second start of his latest quip to PGA Tour competition. “I initial attended a contest when we was 9 or 10; my father took me there. We went a few some-more times, and afterwards we attempted to validate a integrate times.”
Can’t appreciate a San Diego fans enough. we scrambled my boundary off though happy with my initial eventuality back. See we during Riv!
— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) January 29, 2018
A year after unwell to make it into a tournament, Woods played his initial debate event, as a 16-year-old high propagandize sophomore on a sponsor’s exemption, on a iconic track. After sharpened 72-75, Woods missed a cut though “felt flattering good” about his bid — until he detected where he stood in a tournament.
“I looked during a scoreboard, and I’m 17 strokes behind Davis Love III,” Woods wrote. “It was eye-opening meaningful that we was unequivocally not that good. we suspicion we could play a game, though apparently we wasn’t value a lick compared to these guys and had a prolonged approach to go.”
Woods pronounced he used that approval to motivate him.
“It done me some-more dynamic than ever to work on my diversion and improve,” wrote Woods, who will offer as horde of a Genesis Open, that advantages his foundation.
As for his examination of how he did final week in his initial central debate start in 12 months and usually his second given his T10 during a Wyndham Championship, Tiger was rather happy with a outcome.
“What a disproportion a year makes,” he said. “I had alloy medicine final Apr and recently competed in a Farmers Insurance Open during Torrey Pines, my initial full-field eventuality in a year and usually my second given Aug of 2015. we finished T-23, and all in all, it was a unequivocally certain start.
“It felt so good to be behind with a guys and contest again.” Woods added. “Words can’t report how most we missed it. Most importantly, we was pain-free.”
In his initial start during Riviera given illness forced him to repel from a Nissan Open in 2006 after scoring 69-74, Woods will face a star-studded margin that includes fortifying champion and universe No. 1 Dustin Johnson, as good as Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Hideki Matsuyama, and Rory McIlroy.
Johnson teed it adult with Woods around Thanksgiving for a initial time given they played together during final year’s Farmers, and he was tender with what he saw.
“He’s overhanging totally different. He looked healthy. He was overhanging with some speed compared to what we saw during Farmers where we could tell he usually wasn’t feeling that great; he wasn’t overhanging unequivocally good and he wasn’t overhanging with any kind of speed,” DJ pronounced progressing this week during a Genesis media day. “So it was good to see him personification and attack a round good again, indeed attack it with some force and removing a round out there. He looked like he did when he was personification unequivocally well.”
Johnson looked brazen to some Tiger-ignited fireworks during Riviera.
“I wish [Tiger] plays well,” he said, “and we wish to see him entrance down a widen on Sunday.”