Tiger Tracker: Tiger Woods fires 72 Thursday at Genesis Open

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Tiger Tracker: Tiger Woods fires 72 Thursday at Genesis Open

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Tiger Tracker: Tiger Woods fires 72 Thursday at Genesis Open

Tiger Woods opened the Genesis Open with a grinding round, as he fired a 1-over 72 at Riviera.

It was certainly an interesting round, with plenty of loose shots but promising moments as well.

Look back on Woods’ round shot-by-shot below…

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TIGER TRACKER

Hole No. 9: Par 4, 464 yards

OFF THE TEE (2:52 p.m. ET): Tiger goes wayyyyyyy right. That might be on a bunker on another hole. We’re not sure where exactly this is at the moment. Man, Tiger’s misses have been HUGE today.

APPROACH SHOT (2:56 p.m. ET): Tiger was in that bunker (on No. 10!!!) and hits a gritty shot from 165 yards as his ball lands on the green and trickles to the back fringe. He’ll have some 30 feet for birdie after a disastrous drive. We’ll take it!

AROUND THE GREEN (3:03 p.m. ET): From the fringe, Tiger gives this a good run with the putter. The ball ends up a few feet by. He should tap that in for par.

ON THE GREEN (3:05 p.m. ET): Tiger cleans up that short putt for a closing par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1-over 72 (T-57)

Hole No. 8: Par 4, 433 yards

OFF THE TEE (2:38 p.m. ET): Tiger mashes a driver down the fairway here. After a really shaky start with the driver, Tiger has mostly gotten it together there.

APPROACH SHOT (2:43 p.m. ET): He might get an important shot back here. Tiger takes off the spin from 122 yards and this ball ends up about 6 feet from the cup. This would be a huge late birdie if he could get it.

ON THE GREEN (2:47 p.m. ET): Actually that ended up about 4 feet away. And Tiger casually drops that one in for a much-needed birdie.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over thru 17 (T-43)

Hole No. 7: Par 4, 394 yards

OFF THE TEE (2:22 p.m. ET): Tiger went after it with that iron and it’s perfect. Right down the fairway on this short par 4.

APPROACH SHOT (2:28 p.m. ET): Oof. From 145 yards, Tiger pulls this one badly and misses the green. The pin is front, so this might be a difficult up and down.

AROUND THE GREEN (2:30 p.m. ET): It’s putter for Tiger from the bottom of a swale left of the green, and he plays it pretty well. He was far below the level of the green and pretty short-sided. So this ball going about 10 feet by is actually a good result. That left for par.

ON THE GREEN (2:33 p.m. ET): That was cruel. Tiger hits a good putt from 9 feet, but it catches the right side of the cup and semi-horseshoes out. That’s a tough time to make bogey.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 over thru 16 (T-56)

Hole No. 6: Par 3, 181 yards

OFF THE TEE (2:13 p.m. ET): It looks like the wind confused Tiger a bit there. He comes up short. He’s in the short grass around the green, some green to work with. He could sneak away with par here but not the tee shot he was looking for.

AROUND THE GREEN (2:17 p.m. ET): He goes putter from down there and it’s a good effort. Tiger gave it a chance and it only runs by a few feet. A shortie is left for par.

ON THE GREEN (2:19 p.m. ET): Tiger cleans up for a par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over thru 15 (T-41)

Hole No. 5: Par 4, 414 yards

OFF THE TEE (1:58 p.m. ET): That was … weird. Tiger goes with iron off the tee here and misses it well left. We’re not sure where it ended up. We’ll update when we know.

APPROACH SHOT (2:03 p.m. ET): Tiger ended up in some amazingly thick rough down a slope with a tree in his way to the green. So he summoned all his strength and played a big draw, and it’s honestly a pretty impressive result. He had 150-ish yards left, and it looks like he was able to get himself within 30 yards of the green. So he should make bogey at worst on a hole that could’ve been a total disaster.

AROUND THE GREEN (2:05 p.m. ET): It was actually about 50 yards, and Tiger hits a so-so pitch that ends up about 20 feet beyond the hole. That may be a fast putt, too. So Tiger will need a big putt for par, but he should avoid a double or worse.

ON THE GREEN (2:07 p.m. ET): Tiger can’t get his par putt to drop and he was a little frisky with it. With 4 feet left for bogey, he rolls that in.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over thru 14 (T-40)

Hole No. 4: Par 3, 230 yards

OFF THE TEE (1:46 p.m. ET): A lonnnnnng par 3 and Tiger doesn’t get it there. His long iron comes up a bit short in the rough. Not a lot of green to work with, either, on this upcoming short-game shot.

AROUND THE GREEN (1:51 p.m. ET): That. Was. Pretty. Tiger went flop there and it landed beautifully 15 feet short of the hole and trickles to about 4 feet. That wasn’t nearly as easy as he made it look. What a save this could be.

ON THE GREEN (1:54 p.m. ET): That wasn’t the smoothest one, but Tiger gets that one to drop in the right side. Another par save. His putter is unbreakable today. The lead is 3 under, so Tiger is just three back, by the way.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 13 (T-23)

Hole No. 3: Par 4, 446 yards

OFF THE TEE (1:30 p.m. ET): Tiger takes out driver again, and this one is way better. The ball goes down the right side of the fairway and we’re in business here.

APPROACH SHOT (1:37 p.m. ET): That was an unforced error. After a fantastic drive that left him 107 yards, Tiger tries to go high and his ball lands next to the hole but takes a huge hop and bounds over the green. He goes from great birdie chance to needing to fight for par.

AROUND THE GREEN (1:39 p.m. ET): Tiger nearly chips in for birdie! That one looked right on line but went left late and just missed the cup. Still, a great effort and he’ll have maybe 3 feet left for par. Great recovery.

ON THE GREEN (1:41 p.m. ET): Tiger cleans up for par. You didn’t think he would miss from two-and-a-half feet, did you?

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 12 (T-21)

Hole No. 2: Par 4, 475 yards

OFF THE TEE (1:10 p.m. ET): Tiger went driver again, and he’s hit some right, he’s hit some in the fairway and now he finally misses one left. He should be in the rough over there.

APPROACH SHOT (1:19 p.m. ET): Tiger had to take a drop (no penalty, he was near the cart path), and from 165 yards he finds the front of the green. He’ll have about 30 feet for birdie. A great result after a poor drive.

ON THE GREEN (1:28 p.m. ET): Tiger’s first putt from 33 feet just trickles out of comfortable tap-in range. But his 5-foot comebacker is no problem. Tiger just looks totally unfazed on short and mid-range putts today.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 11 (T-24)

Hole No. 1: Par 5, 498 yards

OFF THE TEE (12:56 p.m. ET): Tiger astutely goes 3-wood off the tee at this short par 5 and finds the left side of the fairway. He will certainly be able to go for this one in two.

SECOND SHOT (1:03 p.m. ET): Tiger needs to take advantage on such an easy hole, and it looks like he very well may. He tries to play a cut from 196 yards for his approach here, and it doesn’t cut nearly enough, but it still finds the green (the back part). He’ll have about 40 feet left for eagle toward a right pin.

ON THE GREEN (1:06 p.m. ET): Tiger had 47 feet for eagle and, this is the second time this round he has missed a long putt by a lot. He must have had almost eight feet left for birdie. But he buries the comebacker. His putter remains so good from that range today. Tiger is now back to even!

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 10 (T-24)

Hole No. 18: Par 4, 478 yards

OFF THE TEE (12:35 p.m. ET): Tiger takes out driver again and hits a draw that finds the left side of the fairway. With the way his driver was going earlier in the round, these last two knocks with the big stick are an astronomical improvement. He could somehow shoot even par on this nine if he can capitalize with birdie from there.

APPROACH SHOT (12:40 p.m. ET): A bit of a wait there, Tiger from 197 yards goes left but not by a ton. He’s probably about 30 feet left of the pin in the first cut. Good distance, but he needed to play that a tiny bit more right. What he has left for birdie is a bit tricky, but overall par is the most likely option.

AROUND THE GREEN (12:50 p.m. ET): Tiger chips this one and it’s online, but he got a little too aggressive. It slides under the hole and rolls about 5 feet by. That’s left for par and a 1-over 37.

ON THE GREEN (12:52 p.m. ET): That par putt from Tiger, he walks it right in. His flatstick has been clutch this morning. Stats from the opening nine: 4/7 fairways, 4/9 GIR and 12 putts.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over thru 9 (T-46)

Hole No. 17: Par 5, 608 yards

OFF THE TEE (12:13 p.m. ET): Tiger finally hits a good driver. This one is roasted down the left side of the fairway, and he will have a go at this par 5 in two (we think).

SECOND SHOT (12:20 p.m. ET): OK, we’re not perfect predictors. Tiger had 307 to the hole, so he actually laid up from there. He’ll have 100 yards from the fairway left for his third.

THIRD SHOT (12:25 p.m. ET): Tiger’s wedge is pretty. It landed roughly hole-high, took a big hop and threatened to go long. But the ball finished its forward progress on the back fringe and came back significantly toward the hole. Tiger can’t be much more than 5 feet from the hole. Good birdie look coming.

ON THE GREEN (12:30 p.m. ET): Tiger’s 5-footer was a slippery one, but it was no issue. He slides that one right in for a birdie. His third of the round and he’s back to 1 over.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over thru 8 (T-46)

Hole No. 16: Par 3, 162 yards

OFF THE TEE (12:03 p.m. ET): Tiger finds the greenside bunker off the tee here. He’s 3/7 on GIR today now.

AROUND THE GREEN (12:07 p.m. ET): A pretty nifty bunker shot from Tiger. This one ends up about 5 feet away. He’ll have a pretty good look to save par.

ON THE GREEN (12:11 p.m. ET): That one leaked right, but it finds the right side, rolls around the cup and stays in. That’s a successful par save!

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 over thru 7 (T-59)

Hole No. 15: Par 4, 481 yards

OFF THE TEE (11:45 a.m. ET): Tiger goes back to the driver, and guess what … another big miss right. That one should be found in the rough, but he’s in a trouble spot once again. We get Tiger wants to get the big stick rolling, but a few more 3-woods would make a lot of sense.

APPROACH SHOT (11:50 a.m. ET): Tiger was a long way back (214 yards in the rough) and he plays a nice cut that finishes right around the front edge of the green. The pin is back right, so that’ll be a putt of some 55 feet from the fringe. But that’s a good leave considering where his tee shot went.

AROUND THE GREEN (11:55 a.m. ET): Tiger putts from the front fringe and that was brutal. That one goes left and long, and he may have 10 feet left for par. And it’s a tough putt upcoming, too.

ON THE GREEN (11:59 a.m. ET): Tiger actually hit his birdie effort 15 feet by, and his par putt was a good try. But it hits the left side with some speed and lips out. A nice recovery putt, but it doesn’t drop. And that’s a bogey.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 over thru 6 (T-59)

Hole No. 14: Par 3, 183 yards

OFF THE TEE (11:34 a.m. ET): Our first par 3, and Tiger immediately leans right and with good reason. But it’s fine, his ball goes right, but only about 30 feet right of the hole and the distance was pretty good. He’s on the back of the green about 30-40 feet away for birdie.

ON THE GREEN (11:40 a.m. ET): Tiger had about 38 feet and couldn’t have lagged it better. The ball finishes just left and past the hole. He taps in from inches away for a par. That’s his first par today!

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over thru 5 (T-37)

Hole No. 13: Par 4, 450 yards

OFF THE TEE (11:18 a.m. ET): Tiger goes fairway wood off the tee and it’s a beauty down the fairway that rolls a good deal, too. That’s what Tiger is looking for. Perfect drive.

APPROACH SHOT (11:25 a.m. ET): Remember this hole is 450 yards. Tiger had 129 left for his second shot … after hitting 3-wood off the tee. So yeah, he’s still got that length and speed. Anyway, Tiger hits a solid approach. Good distance and a bit right of the pin. It looks like inside 15 feet for birdie.

ON THE GREEN (11:30 a.m. ET): Tiger with a beautiful putt for birdie! He buries that one from 14 feet and that was a textbook 3 right there. A great bounceback and Tiger still doesn’t have a par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over thru 4 (T-36)

Hole No. 12: Par 4, 475 yards

OFF THE TEE (11 a.m. ET): Tiger with driver *fingers crossed* … another big miss to the right. Ugh. This one is found, though, judging on the crowd reaction. We’ll get a better look soon, but the ball appears right of a few trees, and he might have an opening from there. Still, a bad drive and he’s in the rough.

APPROACH SHOT (11:06 a.m. ET): Tiger had very little. He was forced to play a massive cut around trees to find the green. From 191 yards, he actually gets it pretty well and it ends up in the front bunker. That’s a solid result from where he was. That’s not a tough up and down. Also, Tiger really went after his one with a helicopter anti-hook follow through.

AROUND THE GREEN (11:11 a.m. ET): Tiger was well below the level of the green in this bunker. Excuse us, he was actually short-sided and this was a very tough shot, and he didn’t handle it very well. The ball lands just short of the hole, but with no spin it rolls and rolls all the way off the green. He’s on the fringe probably some 30 feet from the hole for par.

ON THE GREEN (11:16 a.m. ET): Tiger putts from there, and lags it quite nicely. He cleans up from there, but that’s a bogey.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 over thru 3 (T-28)

Hole No. 11: Par 5, 589 yards

OFF THE TEE (10:40 a.m. ET): Tiger with driver, this has been a trouble club … and it continues to be. He flails this one well right. Actually right of the gallery. As long as he’s not stymied by trees, he can lay up just fine. But we’ll see. And he probably can’t go for this one in two now.

OFF THE TEE AGAIN (10:45 a.m. ET): Tiger’s first drive stays up in a tree (or is generally not found), which means a lost ball and he has to go back to the tee with a penalty stroke. He hits three from the tee and this one’s a lot better. It’s down the fairway, but he’ll be hitting his fourth shot from the fairway.

FOURTH SHOT (10:48 a.m. ET): Tiger goes for it and this one is significantly left. It looks like it hits off a tree and harmlessly kicks right into the left rough. He’ll have a wedge from roughly 100 yards left.

FIFTH SHOT (10:51 a.m. ET): From 94 yards in the rough, Tiger hits a pretty good shot. The ball sits pretty quickly and ends up around 10 feet beyond the hole. This would be a huge bogey save if he can get it.

ON THE GREEN (10:55 a.m. ET): That was a good effort, but Tiger’s 9-footer slides by on the right. That’s a brutal double bogey that kills any momentum from an opening birdie.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over thru 2 (T-28)

Hole No. 10: Par 4, 309 yards

OFF THE TEE (10:23 a.m. ET): Tiger lays up at the downwind drivable par 4. He lays it up beautifully, down the left side of the fairway. Great position. He did lay up here in his pro-am round.

APPROACH SHOT (10:28 a.m. ET): From 87 yards, that is a tasty wedge. He lands it some 40 feet below the hole, it takes a big hop and then hits on a downslope and ends up inside 10 feet. He’ll have a good look at birdie to start.

ON THE GREEN (10:37 a.m. ET): And for an opening birdie … BURIED IT. That was a fast putt and Tiger trickled that into the center with terrific die speed. An absolutely perfect first putt.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 under thru 1 (T-2)

Pre-Round

Tiger is on the range!

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GENESIS OPEN TRACKER

UPDATE NO. 6 (2:01 p.m. ET): The lead is down to 3 under, and we have a six-way tie.

UPDATE NO. 5 (1:18 p.m. ET): Rory McIlroy struggled in a 2-over 38, but he eagles No. 1 (his 10th) to move back to Even Par.

UPDATE NO. 4 (12:09 p.m. ET): Here’s the updated top of the leaderboard.

UPDATE NO. 3 (10:39 a.m. ET): Tiger, Rory and JT all open with birdie, which means we have a lot of star power one back.

UPDATE NO. 2 (10:32 a.m. ET): Derek Fathauer starts birdie-birdie on the back nine for the early lead. Rory McIlroy holes a bunker shot for birdie at No. 10 to start off strong!

UPDATE NO. 1 (9:17 a.m. ET): The action won’t start for about another 30 minutes. We’ll update when the round begins.

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