Published: Wed, February 14, 2018
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Viewer's guide: Tiger headlines star-studded group at Genesis Open

Viewer's guide: Tiger headlines star-studded group at Genesis Open

Ten of the last 11 years, this event has been decided by two or less strokes, so there's sure to be competition and value out in there in terms of betting.

He said what will help him decide is "just not to feel sore, feel like I can play all-out again, within three days".

Laird twice eagled the easy par-5 opener that week and says of Riviera: "I just love this golf course".

"So the old yardage books are out the window", Woods said. The bunkers are deeper, they seem to be bigger.

Back up the price grid and Brendan Steele at 50s is a decent price in his home State and on greens he grew up on and I really like Alex Noren on this course which is flawless for his left-to-right ball flight but we've really ducked him at 35s. So I've got to do a little bit more homework tomorrow in the pro-am.

Consequently, it's a slightly different assignment to the norm, and we can expect a fine week of golf as a result. He will have to drive it a lot straighter than he did at Torrey Pines to do well here, and he's put those wheels in motion by adding almost a degree of loft to his TaylorMade M3 driver and changing the shaft to the Matrix Ozik TP7HDe X-flex shaft that he last used in the 2015 Wyndham Championship.

"That really put this in flawless perspective for me, " Woods said Tuesday in his pre-tournament press conference at Riviera.

"But he's obviously gotten much better, worked on his game and won tournaments while I've been out. A lot of the holes, you hit nice soft cuts and I used to love to hit nice soft cuts, and for some reason I just didn't play well". "I'm used to being in a cart playing 36 holes".

Dustin Johnson completed a commanding five-shot victory previous year in the midst of a dominant stretch. He logged a tie for 20th in 2016, a tie for 14th in 2015 and a tie for sixth in 2014 in the event formerly known as the Northern Trust Open.

Tommy Fleetwood - It's been awhile since we've seen Tommy Fleetwood on the PGA Tour, but his last appearance was a third place finish in the Hero World Challenge. He finished 3-under and T-23 at the Farmers Insurance Open last month.

You wait an age for a journeyman to end their PGA TOUR title drought, and then two come along at once!

He was asked if he had a "good year but not a great one" and, if he were not to qualify automatically for Team USA, would he go to Paris as a wild-card selection or a vice-captain?

Woods will make his first appearance at Riviera since 2006. He hasn't finished worse than T19 in four PGA Tour events in the 2017-18 season.

The 14-time Major victor (42) was outgunned by seven shots by McIlroy when they were last paired together in the final round of the 2015 Masters.

Jordan Spieth: Looks like Spieth's putting woes are behind him.

His colleagues certainly remember that Johnson was playing the best golf of his career - with those three wins at the Genesis and the two WGC tilts (the Mexico Championship and Match Play) - before hurting his back and having to withdraw from last year's Masters.

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