Tiger Woods finishes first round back with three straight birdies in California

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The tournament host was five strokes back from co-leaders Max Homa and Keith Mitchell at Riviera Country Club.
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February 17, 2023
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Tiger Woods marked his return to competitive action with a closing trio of birdies as he carded 69 during the first round of the Genesis Invitational.

The tournament host was five strokes back from co-leaders Max Homa, the 2021 champion,  and Keith Mitchell at Riviera Country Club, after not having played an event without the use of a cart since last summer’s Open Championship, when he missed the cut at St Andrews.

The 47-year-old’s legs held up on a day where he mixed five birdies with three bogeys on a mild California afternoon.

“I was able to fight back and get it going,” Woods said after play. “It was a nice finish.

Fans at Riviera got to see Woods play alongside close friends Justin Thomas and Rory McIlroy, with the trio all birdying the 18th.

McIlroy continued his mission to replace Scottie Scheffler at the head of the rankings.

The 33-year-old shot an opening four-under 67 to be three strokes back, while Scheffler could only manage 70.

Victory for McIlroy would see him overhaul the American regardless of the latter’s result, while outright third place would be good enough for the Northern Irishman unless Scheffler finishes in the top 25 or Jon Rahm wins or is outright second.

Rahm was third with a 65, one stroke behind the co-leaders, heading into the second round.

Pos.PlayerTo ParThruR1
T1Max Homa-7F64
T1Keith Mitchell-7F64
3Jon Rahm-6F65
T4Matt Kuchar-5F66
T4Collin Morikawa-5F66
T4Harris English-5F66
T7Tom Hoge-4F67
T7Adam Svensson-4F67
T7Lee Hodges-4F67
T7Adam Hadwin-4F67
T7Rory McIlroy-4F67
T7Jhonattan Vegas-4F67
T7Doug Ghim-4F67
T14Kevin Streelman-3F68
T14Peter Malnati-3F68
T14Danny Willett-3F68
T14Patrick Cantlay-3F68
T14Rickie Fowler-3F68
T14David Lipsky-3F68
T14Stephan Jaeger-3F68
T14Kevin Tway-3F68
T14Emiliano Grillo-3F68
T14Justin Thomas-3F68
T14Cameron Young-3F68
T14J.J. Spaun-3F68
T14Tommy Fleetwood-3F68
T27Kramer Hickok-2F69
T27Hayden Buckley-2F69
T27Ben Taylor-2F69
T27Luke Donald-2F69
T27Sungjae Im-2F69
T27Viktor Hovland-2F69
T27Gary Woodland-2F69
T27Adam Scott-2F69
T27Xander Schauffele-2F69
T27Will Zalatoris-2F69
T27Scott Piercy-2F69
T27Nate Lashley-2F69
T27Alex Smalley-2F69
T27Nick Taylor-2F69
T27Tiger Woods-2F69
T27Shane Lowry-2F69
T27Adam Schenk-2F69
T44Taylor Moore-1F70
T44Matthias Schwab-1F70
T44Sepp Straka-1F70
T44Aaron Rai-1F70
T44Luke List-1F70
T44Scottie Scheffler-1F70
T44Lucas Glover-1F70
T44Lucas Herbert-1F70
T44Tyrrell Hatton-1F70
T44Sahith Theegala-117-
T44Davis Thompson-116-
T44S.H. Kim-116-
T56Thomas DetryParF71
T56Kelly KraftParF71
T56Christiaan BezuidenhoutParF71
T56James HahnParF71
T56Lanto GriffinParF71
T56Tom KimParF71
T56J.B. HolmesParF71
T56Wyndham ClarkParF71
T56Patton KizzireParF71
T56Kurt KitayamaParF71
T56Corey ConnersParF71
T56Justin LowerParF71
T56Austin SmothermanParF71
T56Tyler DuncanParF71
T56Seamus PowerParF71
T56Justin RoseParF71
T56Hideki MatsuyamaParF71
T56Sam RyderParF71
T56Yeongsu KimPar17-
T56Adam LongPar16-
T56Denny McCarthyPar16-
T77Russell Knox+1F72
T77Callum Tarren+1F72
T77Mackenzie Hughes+1F72
T77Jason Day+1F72
T77Tony Finau+1F72
T77Stewart Cink+1F72
T77Cameron Champ+1F72
T77Brian Harman+1F72
T77Dylan Frittelli+1F72
T77Alex Noren+1F72
T77Matt Wallace+1F72
T77K.H. Lee+1F72
T77Mark Hubbard+1F72
T77Brandon Wu+1F72
T77Justin Suh+116-
T92Taylor Montgomery+2F73
T92Brendon Todd+2F73
T92J.T. Poston+2F73
T92Beau Hossler+2F73
T92Chesson Hadley+2F73
T92Max McGreevy+2F73
T92Matt Fitzpatrick+2F73
T92Russell Henley+2F73
T92Ryan Brehm+2F73
T101Robert Streb+3F74
T101Billy Horschel+3F74
T101Nick Hardy+3F74
T101Adrian Meronk+3F74
T101Keita Nakajima+3F74
T101Matthew NeSmith+3F74
T101Troy Merritt+3F74
T101Kevin Kisner+3F74
T101Jordan Spieth+3F74
T101Chad Ramey+3F74
T101Trey Mullinax+3F74
T101Michael Thompson+3F74
T101Andrew Putnam+3F74
T101Jack Wall(a)+317-
T115Keegan Bradley+4F75
T115Chez Reavie+4F75
T115Joel Dahmen+4F75
T115Scott Stallings+4F75
T115Sam Burns+4F75
T115Patrick Rodgers+417-
T121Doc Redman+5F76
T121Danny Lee+5F76
T121Martin Laird+5F76
T121Francesco Molinari+5F76
T121Marcus Byrd+5F76
T121Si Woo Kim+5F76
T127Greyson Sigg+6F77
T127Cam Davis+6F77
129Nick Watney+9F80
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The Genesis Invitational 2023

Date: February 16th - 19th 2023

Location: The Riviera Country Club, Pacific Palisades, California

Purse: $20,000,000

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