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Tiger Woods likely to make cut at Genesis Invitational

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LOS ANGELES — Tiger WoodsHaving just played in an official PGA Tour tournament for the first time in over seven months, he will likely be there for the weekend at Riviera Clubs Genesis Invitational.

Woods, who hosts an event that benefits his foundation and carded a 2-over 74 in Fridays second round. Woods, who had a 36-hole total score of 1-over par, was tied for 60th place when play was stopped due to darkness at 8 :39 p.m. ET. ET.

When play was stopped, there were still 14 golfers on the course. Seven of them still have a chance of making even par. Six of them would have to make it to beat Woods and the rest at +1 off.

Play will resume Saturday at 10:10 am. The third round will begin on split tees.

Woods had bogeyed on three of his final four holes after shooting even-par 36 in his first nine holes. He birdied his last three holes the day before to score a 2-under 69.

Woods said, I didnt putt well today. I blocked a lot more putts earlier and this is probably my highest score today. Probably shouldve shot 5-6 more than this easily. I just didnt make those putts in the middle and early rounds. They werent difficult putts. I just hit bad shots and had a terrible finish.

Woods right leg and right foot were both surgically repaired. They seemed to be able to withstand the stress of playing 18 holes consecutive days.

Woods will make the cut if he makes it. This will be his first four-round round in an official PGA Tour event. He finished 47th at Aprils Masters. This was his first official event since he was seriously hurt in a car accident outside Los Angeles in Feb 2021.

The 15-time major champion played just nine rounds in the three major championships last year. After 54 holes at the PGA Championship in Southern Hills, Woods was forced to withdraw due to pain in his right leg. Woods missed the cut at Julys 150th Open Championship at St. Andrews, which was his last official event.

Woods, 47, complained of pain in his right ankle following Thursdays opening round. He said he needed to rest for 14 hours and would be getting plenty of ice, treatment, and rest before returning to Riviera Friday morning. When he set off on No. Again, he was accompanied by his good friends. Justin Thomas Rory McIlroy, at 10:24 a.m. ET.

Woods putting looked rusty in the first round. In the first nine holes, Woods missed four putts that were within 10 feet. He missed a 9-footer on No. 2 for birdie after he made the turn. 1.

Woods stated, I just blocked them. They were just bad putts. They were easy, but they were good reads. Joey was my friend. [caddie Joe LaCava]I was in on a few of them, but I just hit bad putsts. I could have started off hot, but I didnt. The middle of the round could have been a little better, but I didnt.

Woods putter became hot after he missed each of the three next holes. Woods made putts at 10 feet and 5ft to save par on Nos. 2, and 3, respectively, and he sank a 10-footer for par on 4th.

Woods made an unfortunate mistake on the par-3 6th hole. Woods tee shot hit the green, but it rolled back and stopped just below a greenside bunker. He considered chipping off the green, but decided to putt. His putt was not difficult enough and he rolled into the bunker. He was able climb up and down and made a 5-footer to make bogey.

Woods stated, If I chipped the putt up on top theres a chance it could actually return to the front portion of the green. I was actually trying hit my putt over to where [Justin Thomas]It was, and the hill caught it more quickly than I thought and ended up in a bunker. I was trying to give myself a chance of making par and at best bogey. I was able to see that I made two poor calls on the wind on 6 and 9 and ended up losing 2 shots there.

Woods made a second bogey on the eighth hole, par-4. His tee shot had hit a fairway bunker and his shot three landed over the green. Woods ninth hole was his final hole. His second shot hit a greenside bunker, and he couldn’t get it up and down.

Woods par-3 14th was the highlight of Woods round. He made a birdie putt by hitting his tee shot at 10 inches. Woods scored another par on the par-5 17th after he had made consecutive pars. Woods shot an even-par 36 on his back nine, his first nine holes in the round.

Woods struggled with his accuracy off of the tees for the second round and only hit five fairways. He only hit six on Thursday. Woods was more efficient in his iron play and work around green, but he lost almost 2 strokes to the field during his round of putting.

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