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SportRefreshed Tiger Woods takes on Riviera in buildup to Augusta

07:05  11 february  2019
07:05  11 february  2019 Source:   golfweek.com

Tiger Woods says Augusta National "wasn't that hard" prior to changes

Tiger Woods says Augusta National Tiger Woods was frank about his first experiences with Augusta National, calling the course "really not that hard."

Eldrick Tont " Tiger " Woods (born December 30, 1975) is an American professional golfer who is among the most successful golfers of all time, and one of the most popular athletes of the 21st century.

While it took three years for Augusta National’s safeguards to “ Tiger proof” the course, Woods clearly provided the motivation. The new pines have basically narrowed the golf course and removed from the players many different angles they used to take to reach the greens.

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There were only five tournaments set in stone on Tiger Woods' schedule when he arrived in The Bahamas for December's Hero World Challenge.

Tasked with playing enough to stay sharp and peak at the right times while not overdoing it, Woods still was trying to navigate his new compact order of events, in which he might play as few as 15 or 16 events. He played 18 official events last year.

Four majors were a given. The only other sure thing at that time?

This week's Genesis Open at Riviera Country Club, where in 1992 Woods made his first PGA Tour start as a 16-year-old amateur.

Fourteen major victories and 80 Tour titles later, Woods is the tournament host and returned to Riviera last year for his first appearance since 2006. No one could have predicted a missed cut in 2018 would create a domino effect that helped set the stage for his epic comeback season culminating with a win at East Lake in the Tour Championship.

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Tiger Woods returns to the Masters with a real chance to pull off the greatest major win ever. He’s taking on everything from low spinners to flops, and showing a touch we thought left him four years While following Woods for two days at Riviera , the second start in this comeback, the moment that

" Woods was clinging to a one-shot lead and on the ropes, sailing his tee shot long over the par-3 16th green with DiMarco facing a 15-footer for birdie.

Woods wasn't satisfied after just two rounds in L.A., and he wanted to see if his newly fused spine could handle two full tournaments in back-to-back weeks. So he added the Valspar Championship the week before the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Keep in mind there were still tons of skepticism then. When Woods finished T-2 and just one shot shy of a playoff at Valspar, it sent a clear message.

Woods wasn't done yet.

We all know that now, so the expectations from Woods and fans alike are totally different this week in southern California.

"This year I have an understanding of what I can and cannot do," Woods said. "Finishing the year the way I did in the playoffs, hitting it like I did was great because I finally built it to a place where I can take a little time off and I know what I'll have when I come back. I don't have to go looking, searching for something, so that helps a lot."

Tiger's involvement at the Genesis Open takes on new dimension as he hosts Celebrity Cup at Riviera

Tiger's involvement at the Genesis Open takes on new dimension as he hosts Celebrity Cup at Riviera Tiger got to get a little early practice for his Presidents Cup captaincy as he led his team of celebrity golfers to victory over Fred Couples on Monday.

Dustin Johnson wants to take on Tiger Woods down the stretch at Riviera . “I’ll start worrying about Augusta the week after match play ends.” In the meantime, the new spokesperson for BODYARMOR spent Monday in Los Angeles shooting a commercial, and was looking forward to flying under the

KAPALUA, Hawaii — Tiger Woods is playing twice in California over the next six week as he begins another comeback on the PGA Tour from back surgery. He also says he will play the Genesis Open at Riviera in Los Angeles that starts Feb. 15. Riviera is where Woods played his first PGA Tour

Telling comments coming off a T-20 finish at the Farmers Insurance Open in January at Torrey Pines, where Woods wasn't as sharp as he hoped but still put together a solid result without much help from the putter.

The fact Woods knows what his game is now all about means he's spent the past few weeks sharpening and honing his swing. It's not the big soul-searching process it was at times last year.

That bodes well for his chances this week at one of the few long-standing Tour events Woods has never won. A runner-up finish in 1999 is as close as he's come, but last year also marked the first time he missed the cut at Riviera as a professional.

Leaving Torrey Pines a few weeks ago, Woods had no doubt he'd be good to go.

"I feel like I knocked some rust off, which was great this week," Woods said. "Figured a few things out as the week was going along. I just felt like I got better each and every day. I got cleaner, my rounds got cleaner and that's what I want to have happen. I'll be ready in a couple weeks."

Woods finds inspiration in Mickelson's win at Pebble Beach

Woods finds inspiration in Mickelson's win at Pebble Beach Tiger Woods kept a close eye on Phil Mickelson's win at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am over the weekend in hopes of replicating his old friend's success. "My entire career, Phil will probably attest to this, we've always looked at the board to figure where one another's at," Woods told ESPN's Bob Harig on Wednesday. "So, we've always had that type of enjoyment of competing against one another. And to see what he's done or to see what he did last year in Mexico at 47 years old gave me confidence that I could somehow do it, maybe last year. And I was able to finally end my season just like he did with a win.

Tiger Woods ' Confirmed Next Tournaments. Woods is famous for hating to confirm his appearance in a tournament far in advance. He often doesn't make announcements of where he is playing until close to the deadline for doing so (which is the Friday of the preceding week).

— Tiger Woods has the weekend off, but he confirmed his plans to play next week at the Honda Classic in South Florida. It was easily the largest crowd at Riviera in recent memory. But a promising early start for Woods of two birdies in his first five holes dissolved into a scorecard littered with eight

Woods was ranked No. 544 in the Official World Golf Ranking at this time last year. He since has risen to No. 13 with no major signs of health issues. He's also taking on more of an ambassador role, working clinics and participating on-site as he will in Monday's Celebrity Cup - a 9-hole team event featuring celebs like Nick Jonas, Jerry Rice and Mark Wahlberg. Woods will captain Team Eldrick, and Fred Couples will lead Team Frederick.

He now seems comfortable in those spots, and he's comfortable with the challenge ahead. The Players Championship is less than one month away due to the new schedule, the Masters just a month after that.

Woods has been able to ease into the 2018-19 season with just a handful of appearances since the Ryder Cup in Paris. But things are about to pick up in a hurry with the condensed schedule, and it's all about building toward Augusta National.

Everything is part of a bigger plan that will be set in motion this week at Riviera.

"We have a lifting schedule, we have my practice routines," Woods said. "Everything's geared up for the big events instead of getting enough reps and getting enough sharpness to be ready." Gwk

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J.B. Holmes rallies to win a marathon finish at Riviera.
J.B. Holmes rallied from a four-shot deficit in the final round and won a marathon finish Sunday in the Genesis Open for his first victory in three years and a trip back to the Masters.Holmes closed with a 1-under 70, and that was enough to overcome Justin Thomas, who three-putted three times on the back nine and shot a 75.They played 34 holes because of a seven-hour rain delayed at the start of the week, and they got a wild shift in weather from sunshine in the morning to complete 16 holes of the third round, brief rain when they teed off in the final round and wicked wind that made it tough to hole putts.

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