Thomas seizes Riviera lead as Woods surges

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Justin Thomas hits from the second hole tee box during the continuation of first round play in the Genesis Open golf tournament at Riviera Country Club.

The 38-year-old Scott has more U.S. tour wins (13) to his name than 25-year-old Thomas (nine) but he hasn't triumphed since March, 2016.

You simply can't miss a Tiger roar. He immediately dropped a shot at the fourth hole, his first of the day, then made a couple of shaking pars before managing to knock in a 24-foot birdie putt at the ninth. Started slow. Played conservatively.

Cold weather and flurries of rain certainly weren't peak conditions for the 43-year-old who cobbled together a 1-under 70 in his morning round before sitting even par through 12 holes of his second round when darkness halted play.

Thomas, facing the prospect of playing 33-plus holes on Sunday, noted that the forecast also called for more rain and brisk winds.

"It was more me", he said before heading to the putting green for a quick session.

He returned at the crack of dawn early Saturday morning and promptly bogeyed the 4th to put himself outside the projected cut line. "I wouldn't trade it for anything". Adam Scott is a shot back playing in the final group with Thomas and J.B. Holmes are two back at day's end. One shot further back there is plenty of star power as Rory McIlroy, Paul Casey and Tony Finau are tied at eight-under par.

Patrick Rodgers, who completed a 67, opened with an eagle and was two shots behind Thomas. Still a ways from contention, sure, but pretty impressive considering where he was at around 8:30 this morning.

Woods will return for the remaining six holes of his second round at 7:00 a.m. PT on Saturday with temperatures slated for 48 degrees.

"My legs are exhausted, so I just need to go home and rest and get some food and try to go to sleep as early as I can because tomorrow's the potential to be another long day", said co-leader Justin Thomas, who is 18 years younger and has endured four fewer back surgeries than Tiger. Woods never hit a shot on Thursday, which meant long days throughout the weekend. I'm stiff right now.

"It's going to be a long one", Woods said.

A bogey at the second was followed by three more on the final nine holes and he headed to Round 3 at two-under par.

"I'm trying to get over that 6.45 start".

American Thomas reached five under for the day after 12 holes, while Australian Scott finished 11 holes.

Phil Mickelson won the rain-delayed AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am on Monday last week and chances are play might go to an extra day for the second straight week.

Come to California in the winter, they said.

"It was really close mid-round to being a really good round but I didn't scramble well at all today", Hadwin said.

That's a few hours later than planned, but they all count the same.

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