Woods Hope Fades Of Ending Riviera Victory Drought.

Tiger Woods hopes of a first-ever Riviera victory faded on day two of the Genesis Invitational in suburban LA.

After starting Thursday’s opener with an eagle, Woods struggled under the weight of a sixth hole double-bogey and also three bogeys over his back nine in a second  round of 73 for an even par tally.

The 15-time Major winner ran-up a ‘6’ at his sixth where he ‘fatted’ his second shot into a greenside bunker where his ball plugged resulting with a ‘flyer’ for his third and then after his chip, Woods two-putted from six feet.

Woods said:  “I was not sharp today.

“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.”

And Woods singled out his duties at tournament host as part of the root cause for his poor round.

Woods said:  “It’s not the first tournament I’ve hosted, I’ve been a part of. I’ve been doing this for a very long time.

“Saying that, they’re challenging weeks in themselves, talking to the staff and sponsors and different obligations that a tournament host has. I’ve been involved in events, jeez, since ’99, so been doing this a very long time and this is no different.”

Woods, as a then 16-year old, made his PGA Tour debut in the 1992 LA Open at Riviera, and since turning pro Woods is currently nil and 10 in teeing-up on the famed ‘Hollywood Star’s course.

And Woods is suggesting he may be a non-started in next week’s WGC-Mexico Championship.

He said:  “I’ve been so busy with this event and trying to deal with all the little things that I haven’t really focused on next week.

“I’ve had a lot to do this week and trying to get ready to play, try and balance both of those.”

No such concern for Aussie Adam Scott who set himself up for a second straight success in posting a blistering seven-under par 64 to enjoy an early share of the clubhouse lead at six-under.

Scott won his last event three days prior to Christmas in capturing a second Australian PGA title and now he’s looking not only to win two in succession but also win for a second occasion at Riviera after capturing the 2005 Nissan Open.

He said:  “The conditions out there were just pure, so it was a beautiful day with the wind down and as soon as the sun came up and it warmed up and it was very nice for scoring.

“I played well, scrambled well and made a few putts and it was just what I wanted to do.”



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