Tiger Woods Returns to Riviera
Woods returns to Riviera Country Club for
The Genesis Open
Tiger Woods returned to action in his first PGA Tour event of 2018 at The Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines. With expectations and predictions mixed, it was anyone’s guess as to how well Woods would perform and how much stock should be put into both the good and bad takeaways from his play.
Grinding out his Thursday and Friday rounds, Woods managed to make the cut by 1 stroke with some relatively clutch play down the stretch Friday afternoon.
Overall, his swing appeared to be without hesitation. From teeing off to shots buried deep in the rye-grass rough, he took a number of heavy gashes throughout the week without causing himself any noticeable discomfort.
Through all four rounds, Woods was unable to find any rhythm or control with his driver. He missed more than 70% of the potential fairways – a number that is grounds for disaster on tour. While he did swing with an average swing speed of 118 mph and managed to average 302 yards off the tee, he will need to hit more fairways. That much is an absolute truth.
While the driving may have been bordering on horrid, his short game was impressive. In fact, had it not been for his tight chipping and quality putting, he would have stood no chance of making the cut.
All in all, Woods finished T-23rd in his first start of 2018. His score of 3-under par was just three strokes back of a Top-10 finish.
For Tiger fans, it was an uplifting tournament and one that has been cause for many to believe this season will include a tour win – at the least. For non-Tiger fans, the driver miscues were ammo for the argument that Tiger will not be relevant again on tour.
How do you think Tiger Woods will perform at The Genesis Open? Or the 2018 season for that matter.