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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three holes into his go back to Riviera after a 12-year absence, Padraig harrington was 2-over par and bracing for the worst.

It turned out to be one more step forward.

Woods overcame a generate that apparently never came lower from an eucalyptus tree, another first tee shot that wound up on one more hole and few careless errors with the irons to post a 1-over 72 in the opening round Thursday night at the Genesis Open.

Riviera has been at its best under complete sunshine and greens that experienced firm under the feet even in the particular morning. No one shot better than 67 from the early side of the pull.

“I hung in there well plus grinded, ” Woods said.

He previously little choice. Starting on the obtainable par-4 10th, where one error can lead to big numbers, Woods performed it perfectly with an iron towards the far left of the fairway to find the best angle into the green, a sand wedge to just under 10 feet and also a birdie.

His drive on the par-5 11th sailed to the right towards the trees. About 10 minutes afterwards, a golf cart drove to the tee with Woods in the traveler seat. He never found their ball, presumably swallowed up by tree. There were questions that somebody would have picked it up, but not sufficient evidence to suggest it was not lost.

He made double bogey.

Then, he lost his first tee shot to the right, hit away from a greenside bunker past the banner and onto the fringe, together to work for bogey.

“I has been 1 under early – very first hole – and all of a sudden I actually went double bogey-bogey, ” Forest said. “I was like, ‘Oh, guy, here we go. I’ve have got to somehow turn this thing close to. ‘ And I was able to do that. Struggled hard to try and keep that energy going. ”

Woods wasn’t excessively perturbed by the lost ball with No . 11 and can’t keep in mind the last time it happened, recommending Olympic Club when he has been at Stanford.

He answered having a perfect tee shot on the thirteenth and a 15-foot birdie putt, and kept his round together with a number of putts from the 6-foot range meant for pars and birdies – the par save from the bunker to the 16th, a slippery birdie putt on the par-5 17th, a k?rester save from above the hole remaining of the 18th green and a tough two-putt birdie on the par-5 very first hole from 50 feet which he rapped as though it were the 5-footer.

He made more than he or she missed.

“No one’s going lower out there, ” Woods said. “It’s too hard. The greens are starting to obtain a little bouncy, and those short types are not easy. ”

His lament was two mistakes from the fairway – a wedge into Number 3 that went too long plus over the green, taking away a good birdie chance; and pulling his technique on the seventh hole that entered a deep swale. Woods utilized his putter to get it up the particular hill, some 15 feet with the pin, and he missed the k?rester putt.

He finished strong, nevertheless , with an aggressive approach to a back again right pin at No . almost eight – anything long is a specific bogey – for a 3-foot birdie, and then an entertaining end in order to his round. He lost one more tee shot so far right it went into a bunker on the tenth hole. That bunker might be the particular toughest spot at Riviera, unless of course someone is playing the 9th hole. Woods hit a 9-iron just threw the green to put together a two-putt par.

He final played Riviera in 2006 whenever he withdrew after making the particular cut because of the flu. This is their ninth time playing Riviera as being a pro, the most of any PGA Tour course where he has never earned.

Being gone for so long supposed big crowds for his come back.

“Just like the old days, ” caddie John McLaren said as he strolled toward the 14th tee plus looked over at fans who was six-deep watching Woods at Number 8. Geoff Ogilvy was decreasing from the clubhouse toward the range right after his round of 72 any time a marshal told him to clear the region. Ogilvy showed the marshal their badge.

“It doesn’t matter. Gambling is coming, ” the marshal replied.

Thomas (69) and Rory McIlroy (71) played with Woods, none a stranger to big locations, but rarely virtually ignored.

“Everyone’s out here to see Tiger, yet I’m definitely the third player within the group, ” Thomas said. “So I had a couple times where My spouse and i a short putt, people are walking away, but that’s a part of it. However the coolest part is the same thing — there’s so many people and it’s a Thurs morning playing with two really good buddies and people that I look up to and individuals that I’ve tried to model our game after for so long. It’s actual pretty cool to be grinding out there here with them. ”