Golf roundup

Tiger Woods misses cut at Riviera

PACIFIC PALISADES, CA - FEBRUARY 16: Tiger Woods plays his shot from the 16th tee during the second round of the Genesis Open at Riviera Country Club on February 16, 2018 in Pacific Palisades, California. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Tiger Woods began the day on the cut line, then shot a 5-over 76 to miss the cut a Riviera for the first time as a pro.

Tiger Woods had three straight bogeys early on the back nine Friday and didn’t play nearly well enough to make up for it. He shot 5-over-par 76 and missed the cut in the Genesis Open at Riviera in Los Angeles for the first time in nine appearances as a pro.

He was at 6-over 148, one shot worse than his PGA Tour debut as a 16-year-old at Riviera.

‘‘I missed every tee shot left and I did not putt well, didn’t feel very good on the greens,’’ Woods said. ‘‘And consequently, never made a run. I knew I had to make a run on that back nine, and I went the other way.’’


Patrick Cantlay ran off three straight birdies toward the end of his morning round, starting with a tap-in on the par-3 sixth when he missed a hole-in-one by a fraction of an inch, and shot a 69. He was tied with Graeme McDowell (66), the former US Open champion who is trying to work his way back from a two-year slump.

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They were at 7-under 135.

Sam Saunders also was at 7 under, making back-to-back birdies until it was too dark to continue. He had three holes remaining in his second round. Ryan Moore bogeyed his final hole for a 68 and was one shot behind at 136.

Woods plans to stick around for the weekend because his TGR Foundation hosts the event, one reason he played Riviera for the first time since 2006. Just as his second round was starting, the Honda Classic announced he would be playing next week at PGA National in Florida.

‘‘I need some tournament rounds,’’ Woods said.


Riviera was tough on everyone with the firm conditions under two days of full sunshine. Woods started on the cut line, and sandwiched a pair of 20-foot birdie putts around a bogey at the par-3 fourth. But there were two stretches where he fell apart.

He came up well short of the green — with the pin in a bowl to the back left — and took bogey on No. 6. From a fairway bunker on the next hole, he hit the lip and the ball caromed off to the side. And with a wedge in hand from 117 yards on the ninth, he put it in a front bunker and dropped another shot.

Then, after a brilliant play off the tee that set up a rare tap-in birdie on the reachable 10th, he three-putted the par-5 11th from 40 feet and the 12th from 80 feet, followed by a pulled tee shot on No. 13 that clanged off the trees and left him a 3-iron into the green instead of a wedge. He pulled that left and made a third straight bogey.

Woods three-putted the 16th from about 25 feet.

During an 11-hole stretch starting with No. 3, he made only one par. He hit good shots, but his game was not nearly sharp enough to atone for far too many mistakes, especially on a track like Riviera.


‘‘I haven’t played golf in years,’’ Woods said after his third PGA Tour event since August 2015 because of back surgeries. ‘‘I'm starting to come back and it’s going to take a little time. I am progressing, I'm starting to get a feel for tournament golf again. I just need to clean up my rounds.’’

Rory McIlroy overcame a few short misses on the front nine for a 69 and was at 2-under 140.

‘‘He is very close,’’ McIlroy said about Woods. ‘‘Give him a little bit of time.’’

Cantlay was coming off a three-putt bogey when his tee shot at the par-3 sixth — the hole with a bunker in the middle of the green — landed above the flag and to the right, and then rolled back down the slope just over the right edge of the cup.

‘‘I actually missed a little to the right, but it’s a bowl back there so as long as you get the number right, it should be pretty close,’’ Cantlay said.

He followed with a short iron into 5 feet for birdie, a 15-foot birdie on the next hole and then a wild drive that led to a bogey on his final hole.

McDowell has gone 59 starts worldwide since his last victory and has fallen out of the top 200 in the world. He had missed four straight cuts dating to late last year, though he felt he was hitting it well in practice. What helped was seeing some good scores.

‘‘All I'm missing is a couple little numbers and a little bit of confidence,’’ McDowell said.

Defending champion Dustin Johnson shot a 69 and gets to stick around for the weekend. He was at 1-over 143. Bubba Watson, who won in 2014 and 2016, has fallen out of the top 200 in the world after a two-year drought. He shot a 70 and was at 4-under 138, and then headed for the NBA All-Star weekend to play in the celebrity game.

LPGA — Overnight leader Jin Young Ko shot a 3-under 69 to increase her lead to three strokes after two rounds of the Women’s Australian Open in Adelaide, Australia. The South Korean had a 36-hole total of 10-under 134 on the Kooyonga Golf Club course.

Ko said: ‘‘I like this course . . . Korean courses are more long and narrow. But here it is wider, so stress is less.’’

American Emma Talley, the 2013 US amateur champion, was in second place after a 69, following her opening 68.

‘‘Yesterday my short game was unbelievable and I kind of kept it going all day,’’ Talley said. ‘‘I actually missed a few putts around today but that’s OK, I'm just going to stay patient and hopefully tomorrow they'll sink.’’

Former No. 1 and 2013 Australian winner Jiyai Shin was another stroke behind and tied for third after a 71 in the second event on the LPGA Tour this season. Sun Young Hoo was also four strokes behind after a 70.

Another former No. 1, Lydia Ko, shot 74 and was eight strokes behind. England veteran Laura Davies shot 71 and was nine shots from the lead.

Australian veteran and five-time Australian champion Karrie Webb had five bogeys and a double bogey on her way to a 78 and missed the cut. Webb, who had played just once since September, and that was in a team event, has said she will play a part-time schedule this year.

Brooke Henderson also missed the cut after a 76, tied for 81st with Webb.

European — Less than three weeks after disqualifying himself for signing his scorecard wrongly in Dubai, Matthieu Pavon led the Oman Open at the halfway stage.

The 25-year-old Frenchman made seven birdies in his first 14 holes in Muscat, and then produced a fighting finish to save pars down the stretch and close on a 7-under 65.

Pavon shot 7-under 65 to get to 11-under 133 overall. He held a two-shot lead over Matthew Southgate (70) at the Greg Norman-designed Al Mouj Golf Club.

Southgate, joint leader overnight, had a double bogey after driving into the water on the 18th.

Chris Wood (66) and Paul Waring (71) were tied for third on 8-under 136.

Darren Clarke (67) went bogey-free to make his first cut on the European Tour since 2016. The Northern Irishman was at 5 under overall and tied for ninth place going into the weekend.

Pavon, third in last year’s Scottish and Portugal Opens, went out in 31 with five birdies and then added three more in the next five holes, along with his only bogey on the par-3 13th.

He produced a great up-and-down on the 15th after finding the fairway bunker, and then had an anxious time watching his tee shot curve just enough to miss the water guarding the right side of the 18th fairway.

Asked about his selfless act in Dubai — when he realized he had accidentally signed for a 3 instead of a 4 on one hole — the 156th-ranked Pavon said: ‘‘I really don’t think too much about it. At that time I just did what I knew was the right thing to do. Of course, I appreciate all the nice messages I got after that, but today was just good golf’’

Southgate, who had surgery for testicular cancer in 2015, was happy with his performance despite the late hiccup on the 18th.

‘‘I hit a poor swing and made a poor error and I'm kind of not surprised. It was a hot day and it has taken a lot out of me,’’ said Southgate.

‘‘These things happen, I didn’t mean to do it. There’s going to be hundreds of shots that I hit in my career that I'm not happy with and that was just one of them.’’

Champions — Miguel Angel Jimenez eagled the par-5 third hole and shot an 8-under 64 to take a one-stroke lead in the Chubb Classic in Naples, Fla.

Jimenez birdied four of the first seven holes on TwinEagles’ Talon course. On his back nine, he bogeyed No. 1, eagled No. 3, and birdied Nos. 4, 7, and 8 — hitting to 2½ feet on the seventh and 3½ feet on the eighth.

‘‘I did not play great, played solid,’’ Jimenez said.

The 54-year-old Spaniard successfully defended his Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic title last year for his fourth senior title. He won 21 times on the European Tour, the last in 2014. A year ago at TwinEagles, Jimenez was tied for the first-round lead after a 65 and ended up finishing second behind Fred Couples.

‘‘This is a very nice golf course,’’ Jimenez said. ‘‘As long as you hit it good, you will make birdies, but if you no hit it good, you will not. Tough to make birdie some days, no?’’

Gary Hallberg and David Frost were tied for second — with some help from their peers.

Hallberg birdied the last three and had nine birdies and two bogeys in his season debut. Playing on a sponsor exemption, he got some swing help from Lanny Wadkins on Thursday.

Frost had a 6-under 30 in the front nine, also making an eagle on No. 3. The South African is using a new putter made by former tour player Kenny Knox, a model he noticed an amateur partner using Monday in Jack Nicklaus’ pro-am.

Scott McCarron, Kevin Sutherland, Lee Janzen, Jesper Parnevik and Glen Day shot 66.

John Daly was at 68 along with Steve Stricker and Jerry Kelly. Three-time champion Bernhard Langer had a 69. Mark Calcavecchia, a two-stroke winner over Langer last week in Boca Raton, shot 73.