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Adam Scott surges at Riviera; Woods stumbles in record bid

Adam Scott surges at Riviera; Woods stumbles in report bid

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Thousands of followers gathered round Tiger Woods within the left tough to see if he may keep away from one more bogey Friday in a spherical that made a bid for his first victory at Riviera and the report 83rd of his PGA Tour profession rather a lot harder.

Just past the inexperienced, hardly anybody observed as Adam Scott confronted a brief par putt on No. 18 to finish a bogey-free spherical within the Genesis Invitational and match his greatest rating ever at Riviera.

Scott returned from a two-month break with a 7-under 64 that left him one shot off the lead among the many early starters within the second spherical. Woods misplaced three pictures on two swings with a wedge in his hand and stumbled to a 73 that left him sure of constructing the lower, however little else.

“I made some pretty bad mistakes out there,” Wood stated. “One ball in the fairway with wedge in my hand and another one with a sand wedge in my hand, and played those two holes in 3 over. Not very good.”

Harold Varner III put collectively 5 birdies in his spherical of 68 that gave him a one-shot lead over Scott, Sung Kang (67) and Vaughn Taylor (67) amongst those that had the benefit of morning circumstances.

Matt Kuchar, who opened with a 64 for a three-shot lead, and Rory McIlroy have been amongst these taking part in within the afternoon.

Scott hasn’t performed since he received the Australian PGA Championship three days earlier than Christmas. He is cautious together with his taking part in schedule, eager to starve himself from competitors so his motivation stays recent. His recreation was barely rusty within the opening spherical, after which he put it collectively Friday.

Along together with his seven birdies – 4 in a five-hole stretch on the again 9 as he was making the flip – he saved par all 5 instances he needed to scramble.

“You’re never quite sure coming off eight weeks how it’s going to feel, but I was really hitting the ball out of the middle of the club,” Scott stated. “That gave me a bit of confidence to just kind of keep doing what I’m doing and it all fall into place rather than go in search for what I’m doing wrong.”

Woods didn’t have to go looking lengthy to determine his errors.

He began nicely sufficient with a wise option to hit iron on the reachable par-4 10th due to the again proper pin place, a wedge into about 12 ft and a birdie. And he was by no means in an excessive amount of hassle. The 15th gap didn’t seem to current any issues, particularly after Woods crushed a 335-yard drive to the center of the golf green.

He hung his head instantly after a chunked pitching wedge that plugged into the bunker in need of the inexperienced, leaving no shot to a entrance pin. He blasted that by the inexperienced, chipped again to 7 ft and missed putt for double bogey.

“I just hit it fat,” he stated. “Honestly, I was just trying to cut a little wedge in there and get it up in the air.”

After two birdies on the par 5s across the flip – Nos. 17 and 1 – Woods gave away one other shot with sand wedge from mild tough into the entrance bunker on No. Three for bogey. He bogeyed the par-Three fourth, after which he three-putted from about 50 ft up the slope on the par-Three sixth.

He was in the midst of the pack when he completed, and with wonderful climate in retailer for the remainder of the week, Woods confronted quite a lot of gamers forward of him whereas attempting to make up floor on a course the place it’s robust to keep away from mishaps.

Jon Rahm, one in every of three gamers who can attain No. 1 on the earth this week, is aware of that feeling.

He popped up his 3-wood on the 10th gap to start out his spherical and was to this point proper he stared towards the inexperienced earlier than realizing he had nowhere to go. He purposely aimed nicely left of the inexperienced and ran it over the again. The concept was to make par, however hitting into the bunker behind the inexperienced wasn’t a part of the plan. It took an outstanding bunker shot for a bogey.

Rahm was regular the remainder of the way in which for a 68 to remain in vary,

It’s a greater spot than Justin Thomas, who received’t get one other cra-ck at Riviera this yr. Thomas opened with a 74 and by no means obtained something going within the morning. He didn’t make a birdie till his 16th gap and shot 71, lacking the lower for the second time in his final three stars.

Woods figured he could be teeing off Saturday morning on the again 9.

“I’m so far back right now – about 40 guys ahead of me – I’m going to have to make some birdies this weekend,” he stated.

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