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Sports Matt Kuchar leads Genesis Invitational; Tiger Woods lags after opening-round 69

13:20  14 february  2020
13:20  14 february  2020 Source:   sportingnews.com

Woods 5 back of Kuchar's lead after opening-round 69 at Riviera

  Woods 5 back of Kuchar's lead after opening-round 69 at Riviera Tiger Woods couldn't maintain his hot start, but the man chasing his 83rd career win remains in the mix after firing an opening-round 69 on Thursday at the Genesis Invitational. Tiger is currently T17, five strokes back of Matt Kuchar, who holds a three-shot advantage after he scorched Riviera with an impressive 64. Woods eagled his first hole of the day and added two birdies on the front nine to post a 31 at the turn, but lost control off the tee on the back and posted a 2-over 38 to finish his day.Here's a look at the top of the leaderboard after Day 1. The entire list of scores can be seen here. Woods will tee off at 10:16 a.m.

In the opening round of The Genesis Invitational 2020, Tiger Woods carded a 2-under 69 , placing him five strokes off the lead heading into Friday.

Tiger Woods flirted with the lead (we'll get to that) and Rory McIlroy made two eagles (we'll also get to that), but in the end it's Matt Kuchar who leads What did Tiger Woods do? Well, he jammed all the excitement into the first hole. He eagled maybe the easiest par 5 on tour this season (see below), and

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Matt Kuchar earned a three-stroke lead after the opening round of the Genesis Invitational on Thursday. Tiger Woods, meanwhile, started hot but faded.

Kuchar carded a 7-under-par 64 to set the early pace at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif.

Kuchar, who was part of Tiger Woods' triumphant Presidents' Cup team in Melbourne in December,  is without a solo victory since the 2019 Sony Open in Hawaii more than a year ago.

But Kuchar made a strong start Thursday. The nine-time PGA Tour champion was bogey-free as he made seven birdies to top the leaderboard ahead of Lee Kyoung-hoon, Russell Henley, Wyndham Clark, Adam Schenk and Harold Varner III.

Tiger Woods collapses down the stretch, finishes last at Genesis Invitational

  Tiger Woods collapses down the stretch, finishes last at Genesis Invitational Tiger Woods collapses down the stretch, finishes last at Genesis InvitationalHis memories of his performance won’t be as fond.

Tiger Woods shot a two-under 69 in the first round of the Genesis Invitational at Riviera. He’ll enter the second round five behind Matt Kuchar , who fired a bogey-free, seven-under 64 amid perfect scoring conditions early Thursday morning and is three clear of his closest chasers.

Tiger Woods is on the prowl once again this week, hunting down that record-breaking 83rd PGA Tour victory. The 15-time major champion is back where it all Flash-forward to 2020 and the 44-year-old Woods is now hosting his own Tour event, the Genesis Invitational . Despite his success on the

The event has attracted a star-studded field — it is one of only five tournaments given invitational status by the PGA Tour — and four-time major champion Rory McIlroy is in contention.

World No. 1 McIlroy recorded two eagles, a pair of bogeys and a birdie for a 3-under-par 68 on Day 1. McIlroy headlines a group of 10 players tied for seventh, including Jason Day and Patrick Reed.

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Woods is a stroke farther back after a 2-under 69. The 15-time major winner faltered following a bright start in his pursuit of a maiden Genesis Invitational trophy.

Tiger Woods Pays Emotional Tribute to Kobe Bryant at Genesis Invitational

  Tiger Woods Pays Emotional Tribute to Kobe Bryant at Genesis Invitational Woods mimicked a basketball-like shot after carding a birdie at the eighth hole, which featured a tribute to Kobe BryantPlaying in his first event since the Los Angeles Lakers legend's death on January 26, Woods finished with a 2-under par 69 after fading away after a strong start.

Sports Tiger Woods opened his round on Thursday with an eagle from 24 feet, 8 inches — honoring fallen Lakers While he cooled off a bit on the back — Woods made seven pars and had two bogeys, one on the par-4 18th — he finished the day with a 2-under 69 , just five back from leader Matt Kuchar .

In the opening round of The Genesis Invitational 2020, Matt Kuchar carded a 7-under 64 to take a three-stroke lead over the field heading into Friday. Tiger Woods is back in action at the newly-dubbed Genesis Invitational , where J.B. Holmes defends.

The American superstar made an eagle on his first hole, opening a tournament with an eagle for just the second time since 2003. It was the fourth eagle of his career at Riviera.

Woods holed two birdies in addition to the eagle on a flawless front nine before fading after the turn. He bogeyed twice on the back nine, including on 18.

Los Angeles Lakers great Kobe Bryant — who died in a helicopter crash along with his 13-year-old daughter, Giannia, and seven other people last month — was honored around the course.

There was a flag in Lakers colors and Bryant's No. 8. Brooks Koepka sported headcovers inspired by the five-time NBA champion.

Former world No. 1 Koepka, reigning champion J.B. Holmes and Justin Rose are among the players at 2 under, while 2018 winner Dustin Johnson, two-time champion Phil Mickelson, three-time victor Bubba Watson and Jordan Spieth ended the day 1 over.

McIlroy to become world No. 1 for 1st time since 2015 .
Rory McIlroy will retake the No. 1 spot in the Official World Golf Ranking for the first time since 2015 on Feb. 10, according to Twitter world-ranking guru "Nosferatu." The Northern Irishman will end Brooks Koepka's 38-week reign in the top spot despite neither player teeing it up this week. The world ranking is determined by an algorithm that weighs results based on finishing position; older results gradually decrease in weight and eventually drop out of the equation.McIlroy lost his No. 1 rank after the 2015 PGA Championship and was once ranked as low as 11th in the world.

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