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Tiger Woods returns to Riviera Country Club for Genesis Open

Tiger Woods returns to Riviera Country Club for Genesis Open

The Tiger Woods Foundation was founded in 1996 by Wood and his father, Earl.

He struggled at first despite dropping a hint with T25 in 2011 but in the last two years he's broken par in all eight rounds, finishing T11 in 2016 and T8 last year when dropping out of the payout places with a bogey at 18 although he still signed for an excellent 66 on Sunday.

The PGA Tour stays in California this week for the Genesis Open.

Just like the students at his Learning Center in Anaheim, Tiger Woods is doing some homework over the next two days before teeing off in the first round of the Genesis Open at Riviera Country Club.

Woods was a reedy 16-year-old when he made his first PGA Tour start at Riviera, playing on a sponsor's exemption and missing the cut. When he steps up to the first tee on Thursday he'll no doubt feel a sense of nostalgia, as it was at this very event - then titled the "Nissan Open" - where the American made his first PGA Tour start all the way back in 1992.

As far as advice on how to play the course, Johnson said it is important to hit it straight and hit it on the green.

Alex Noren - A debutant in this event but he's playing brilliantly on the PGA Tour and only narrowly lost out in a playoff at Torrey Pines. The rough at Riviera is nearly nonexistent.

Woods sounded confident that his game would soon having contending with the emerging stars, but he admitted one conversation with Thomas this week brought him up short.

In his nine appearances as a pro at Riviera, where Woods has not competed since 2006, he's never won the tournament, with his best finish a runner-up in 1999.

Chez Reavie: Arguably the form-horse in golf right now, Reavie heads to Riviera off the back of two back-to-back runner up finishes.

"I knew it was someplace I was going to win, it was just when was I going to do it", Johnson said about Riviera CC in a pre-tournament, media day interview.

"The yardage book on No. 12 when I used to play is a 1-iron and a pitching wedge, now it's a driver and a 7-iron, 6-iron, somewhere in there".

In his last three appearances at the historic course in Pacific Palisades, Calif., McGirt has an average finish of 13th.

The week following the Honda Classic is the WGC-Mexico Championship, for which Woods is not eligible.

Whatever route Woods takes, showing improvement along the way is paramount.

"I'm starting to understand my body a little bit more with this back that's different than it used to be", he said.

"I've got three tournaments in a row where I'm defending the title", he noted. The greens have gotten more pin locations than I remember.

"Obviously to get myself to No. 1 in the world was huge for me", Johnson admitted. Seemingly gone in his latest comeback from four back surgeries and a DUI arrest are the bravado, the "me against the world" persona, the intimidation factor and the isolation on and off the course from the rest of the competition that were so much a part of his world when he dominated the game and won 14 major titles.


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