A weather delay at the Genesis Open prompted the PGA Tour to make the rare move of wiping out players' scores, and the first round of action in Pacific Palisades, Calif., wound up being suspended due to darkness Thursday.
Last year, Woods missed the cut at Riviera, and now he is about to embark on a stretch during which he should be able to find some form, first at the limited-field Mexico event and then likely at places such as Bay Hill and the Players Championship, where he has had success.
The 14-time major champion was also asked about news reports that he turned down an invite to play in last month's Saudi Arabia International.
With a top-10 result and two other top-25s in three PGA Tour starts this year, the Brisbane native believes a debut stint in the top 20 is within reach.
Reigning TOUR championship victor Tiger Woods is playing at the event and doubles as the tournament host.
"I'm not feeling comfortable because I'm not seeing the line", he said. "There's no faking it around this golf course, especially if the greens are up to speed like they are right now". It is a ball striker's course, meaning crisp, full swing shots both off of the tee and into the greens, done so with accuracy, creativity, and direction control, is needed in all spots around this layout.
And Woods, who just made the Genesis Open cut, put on a show reminiscent of his heyday. In 12 previous appearances, 11 at Riviera, Woods has never won - the most times he's played any tournament in his career without a victory.
Tiger Woods has many fond memories of Riviera Country Club. "I mean, that's really all I'm looking for when I'm going somewhere". "I was just trying to figure out if I could make it to Florida", he said. "I was right up there after the third-round a year ago (before finishing in 15position)". "He's a great kid and we've got close over the years".
McIlroy admitted previous year that the hubbub surrounding Woods wore on him. Play stopped across Riviera, as Woods chose to mark his ball well short of the green at the par-5 17th, where he will return to try to get up-and-down for par.
"This announcement comes at a particularly relevant time as Tiger continues to chase history and Sam Snead's record of 82 PGA Tour victories".