The Genesis Invitational R2

Matt Kuchar takes lead, McIlroy 2 behind

February 13-16
Riviera CC, Pacific Palisades, California
$9,300,000
Round 1, Round 3, Round 4


Matt Kuchar has taken the lead of the Genesis Invitational with a 2-under 69 in spite of a difficult start.

“Wasn’t driving it nearly as accurate as I did the first day,” said Kuchar, who made the first of his two bogeys at the par-five first.

He recovered with an 18-foot birdie putt at the third and a 20-footer at the fifth before a bogey at the seventh left him even at the turn..


“Two-under was an awfully good score for the way I drove it today,” Kuchar said. “I better find more control.”

World number one Rory McIlroy is feeling good about his game having moved to within two shots of leader Matt Kuchar at the Genesis Invitational.

The Northern Irishman went one shot better than his opening 68 with six birdies and just two bogeys to edge into third.

“I’m managing my game well,” McIlroy, who finished third at last month’s Farmers Insurance Open on his only other appearance this year, said after his round.

“I’ve hit a couple loose shots here and there, but I’m thinking my way around the golf course and that’s what this place is all about.

“You can hit a few squirrelly shots and get away with it as long as you miss it in the right places, and for the first couple days I’ve done that.

“I’m feeling pretty good about my game.”

The same could not be said of Tiger Woods, who began the day five shots off the lead but finished it nine back after a two-over 73 – his first over-par round of the year – which contained a double-bogey six, three bogeys and three birdies.


“I made some pretty bad mistakes out there with balls in the fairway: one ball in the fairway with wedge in my hand and another one with a sand wedge in my hand and played those two holes in three over. Not very good,” said Woods, who will not play in next week’s WGC-Mexico Championship after the entry deadline passed without him confirming his attendance.

“You take those away and I’m near the top of the board. So it’s not that complicated, I just need to clean it up, but I’m now pretty far back and I have to make a lot of birdies this weekend.

“I just could not get the ball close enough to the hole to give myself good putts, and then when I did, I was in the wrong spots, I was above the hole and had to putt pretty defensively.”



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By GT Editor
Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Matt Kuchar
USA
-9
64
69
133
T2
Harold Varner III
USA
-7
67
68
135
T2
Rory McIlroy
NIR
-7
68
67
135
T2
Wyndham Clark
USA
-7
67
68
135
T5
Adam Scott
AUS
-6
72
64
136
T5
Russell Henley
USA
-6
67
69
136
T5
Sung-Hoon Kang
KOR
-6
69
67
136
T5
Vaughn Taylor
USA
-6
69
67
136
T9
Chez Reavie
USA
-5
69
68
137
T9
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
-5
68
69
137
T11
Bryson DeChambeau
USA
-4
68
70
138
T11
Carlos Ortiz
MEX
-4
68
70
138
T11
Dustin Johnson
USA
-4
72
66
138
T11
J. B. Holmes
USA
-4
69
69
138
T11
James Hahn
USA
-4
68
70
138
T11
Jon Rahm
ESP
-4
70
68
138
T11
Justin Rose
ENG
-4
69
69
138
T11
Paul Casey
ENG
-4
69
69
138
T11
Sebastian Munoz
COL
-4
69
69
138
T11
Si-Woo Kim
KOR
-4
69
69
138
T21
Brian Harman
USA
-3
70
69
139
T21
Joel Dahmen
USA
-3
68
71
139
T21
Luke List
USA
-3
71
68
139
T21
Scott Brown
USA
-3
71
68
139
T21
Scott Piercy
USA
-3
70
69
139
T26
Adam Schenk
USA
-2
67
73
140
T26
Andrew Landry
USA
-2
68
72
140
T26
Brian Stuard
USA
-2
72
68
140
T26
Collin Morikawa
USA
-2
73
67
140
T26
Kyoung-Hoon Lee
KOR
-2
67
73
140
T26
Patrick Cantlay
USA
-2
68
72
140
T26
Rory Sabbatini
SVK
-2
72
68
140
T26
Sergio Garcia
ESP
-2
70
70
140
T34
Alexander Noren
SWE
-1
71
70
141
T34
Denny McCarthy
USA
-1
69
72
141
T34
J. T. Poston
USA
-1
69
72
141
T34
Kyle Stanley
USA
-1
71
70
141
T34
Lanto Griffin
USA
-1
71
70
141
T34
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
-1
71
70
141
T34
Max Homa
USA
-1
72
69
141
T34
Patrick Reed
USA
-1
68
73
141
T34
Ryan Palmer
USA
-1
71
70
141
T34
Sam Burns
USA
-1
73
68
141
T34
Scottie Scheffler
USA
-1
69
72
141
T45
Adam Hadwin
CAN
Par
71
71
142
T45
Brooks Koepka
USA
Par
69
73
142
T45
J. J. Spaun
USA
Par
73
69
142
T45
Jordan Spieth
USA
Par
72
70
142
T45
Marc Leishman
AUS
Par
70
72
142
T45
Martin Laird
SCO
Par
71
71
142
T45
Patrick Rodgers
USA
Par
71
71
142
T45
Ryan Moore
USA
Par
71
71
142
T45
Talor Gooch
USA
Par
70
72
142
T45
Tiger Woods
USA
Par
69
73
142
T45
Tyler Duncan
USA
Par
73
69
142
T45
Xander Schauffele
USA
Par
72
70
142
T57
Abraham Ancer
USA
1
76
67
143
T57
Brendon Todd
USA
1
73
70
143
T57
Bud Cauley
USA
1
74
69
143
T57
Cameron Tringale
USA
1
74
69
143
T57
Charles Howell III
USA
1
77
66
143
T57
Hideki Matsuyama
JPN
1
71
72
143
T57
Jason Dufner
USA
1
75
68
143
T57
Joseph Bramlett
USA
1
74
69
143
T57
Martin Trainer
USA
1
72
71
143
T57
Pat Perez
USA
1
73
70
143
T57
Steve Stricker
USA
1
72
71
143
T57
Tony Finau
USA
1
72
71
143
CUT
Aaron Baddeley
AUS
2
71
73
144
CUT
Adam Long
USA
2
71
73
144
CUT
Bubba Watson
USA
2
72
72
144
CUT
Charley Hoffman
USA
2
73
71
144
CUT
Danny Willett
ENG
2
73
71
144
CUT
Dylan Frittelli
RSA
2
74
70
144
CUT
Jason Day
AUS
2
68
76
144
CUT
Jhonattan Vegas
VEN
2
75
69
144
CUT
Jim Furyk
USA
2
70
74
144
CUT
Joaquin Niemann
CHI
2
72
72
144
CUT
Nick Taylor
CAN
2
71
73
144
CUT
Russell Knox
SCO
2
74
70
144
CUT
Ryan Armour
USA
2
70
74
144
CUT
Scott Stallings
USA
2
69
75
144
CUT
Sepp Straka
AUT
2
71
73
144
CUT
Sung-Jae Im
KOR
2
69
75
144
CUT
Troy Merritt
USA
2
73
71
144
CUT
Chris Stroud
USA
3
71
74
145
CUT
Corey Conners
CAN
3
70
75
145
CUT
Danny Lee
NZL
3
72
73
145
CUT
Emiliano Grillo
ARG
3
71
74
145
CUT
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
3
71
74
145
CUT
Jason Kokrak
USA
3
72
73
145
CUT
Justin Thomas
USA
3
74
71
145
CUT
Kevin Chappell
USA
3
71
74
145
CUT
Kevin Tway
USA
3
72
73
145
CUT
Michael Thompson
USA
3
69
76
145
CUT
Nick Watney
USA
3
71
74
145
CUT
Branden Grace
RSA
4
73
73
146
CUT
Brian Gay
USA
4
72
74
146
CUT
Bronson Burgoon
USA
4
71
75
146
CUT
Cameron Smith
AUS
4
74
72
146
CUT
Jim Herman
USA
4
73
73
146
CUT
Jimmy Walker
USA
4
75
71
146
CUT
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
THA
4
71
75
146
CUT
Peter Malnati
USA
4
74
72
146
CUT
Phil Mickelson
USA
4
72
74
146
CUT
Cheng Tsung Pan
TPE
5
72
75
147
CUT
Kevin Na
USA
5
74
73
147
CUT
Matthew Wolff
USA
5
74
73
147
CUT
Nate Lashley
USA
5
76
71
147
CUT
Aaron Wise
USA
6
73
75
148
CUT
Cameron Champ
USA
6
75
73
148
CUT
Keegan Bradley
USA
6
75
73
148
CUT
Sam Ryder
USA
6
76
72
148
CUT
Andrew Putnam
USA
7
72
77
149
CUT
Matt Jones
AUS
7
79
70
149
CUT
Matthew Every
USA
7
73
76
149
CUT
Francesco Molinari
ITA
8
75
75
150
CUT
Roger Sloan
CAN
8
74
76
150
CUT
Sean Yu
TWN
9
78
73
151
CUT
Kyong-Jun Moon
CHN
10
80
72
152
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