Tiger ends rollercoaster week with T15 finish at Riviera
Woods shoots final-round 72 at Genesis Open
February 17, 2019
By Ben Everill, PGATOUR.COM
Tiger Woods holes out from bunker for birdie at Genesis Open
PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. – Tiger Woods fans were left to ride the full gambit of emotions at the Genesis Open.
There was the good.
Like the fact the tournament host produced his lowest round at Riviera Country Club in 15 years with his third round 6-under 65.
Or the two different blistering four-hole runs that produced earth-moving roars.
The first was a four-birdie run around the turn of his first round, the second was an epic birdie-eagle-birdie-birdie start to his second round in fading light.
And then there was the not so good.
Like the four three-putts – and 34 putts total – in his opening round.
Or the tired finish on a marathon Sunday that saw him drop from a potential top-five finish.
But at the end of the day the 80-time PGA TOUR winner was taking plenty of positives toward his first competitive trip to Mexico for the World Golf Championships–Mexico Championship.
Wet weather on Thursday meant Woods played 30 holes of golf on Friday, the most in one day since his back-fusion surgery.
He then played 14 on Saturday before a 28-hole effort in tough conditions on Sunday. Temperatures dropped into the 40s at times and the wind gusts pushed toward 30 mph.
Despite making his way to 10 under and into the top five of the tournament Sunday, Woods bogeyed four of his last 10 holes to post rounds of 70-71-65-72.
At 6 under his T15 finish is his best since his win at last season’s TOUR Championship.
“I got tired. I don't know if I'm the only one, but I definitely felt it today. Wind, cold. I was at 10 and I slipped four shots coming in. That's the way it goes,” he said.
“I'm happy that it's over. Somehow we got 72 holes in. That was amazing with the weather.”
Woods wasn’t the only one leaking late. Consider the fact Jordan Spieth shot 81 and final group members Adam Scott (76) and Justin Thomas (75) also had tough times.
“The weather, the long days and just the temperature, trying to be focused for long, long periods of time, it took a toll on a lot of us out there today,” Woods added.
Woods said he would take Monday off and not start trying to prepare for his first trip to the high-altitude Club de Golf Chapultepec in Mexico City until Tuesday.
His focus would be on the putter
“Eventually I made a few bad swings, but to be honest with you, it was one of the worst weeks I've ever had on the greens,” Woods said.
“I made a few in spurts, but I didn't really have the pace right and I was struggling with the lines early in the week. Finally got it together a little bit, but still, I made too many mistakes on the greens.
“Six three putts, I don't think I've ever done that. I just have to clean up my mess on the greens and be ready for Thursday.”