1st round of Genesis Open Stopped Due to Heavy Rain

Tournament host Tiger Woods will be gunning for the first victory at Riviera Country Club when he tees it up in the 2019 Genesis Open

Tournament host Tiger Woods will be gunning for the first victory at Riviera Country Club when he tees it up in the 2019 Genesis Open

Players finally returned to the course after a seven-hour delay, but many players never made it out of the clubhouse - including a marquee group featuring Tiger Woods, Justin Thomas and Rory McIlroy.

US PGA Tour officials have been forced to implement a rare restart at the Genesis Open in Los Angeles with heavy rain suspending the first round.

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At both tournaments he has played this year, the 80-time PGA Tour victor has lamented his poor putting, although for different reasons.

The T5 finish sparked a glorious run of results as he qualified for the quarterfinals of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, losing to eventual victor Bubba Watson, and later finished T4 in the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai in October. That means a reduced field, from 144 players this year to 120 next winter, and that the victor will be receiving a three-year tour exemption and a higher tournament purse.

"I'm glad to be part of it going this afternoon and tomorrow", he said. Eastern. In a tweet, the Genesis Open offered a "HUGE thanks to the grounds crew at Riviera for getting the course ready".

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"What Phil has done has been extraordinary, to be that consistent for the length of time, " said the 43-year-old Woods, who turned pro four years after Mickelson did in 1992. 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.

Woods now has 80 PGA Tour titles and two more wins would put him level with Sam Snead at the top of the all-time list.

"We wish we could play more venues that are classic and simple like this". "It's good to get off to a good start and go home and get some rest". Mickelson went over the green into a slightly plugged lie in the bunker behind the green. "I remember talking to Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus about this".

Riviera also has a famous spot or two, also, like the 12th a par 4, dogleg right with a tree near the green that used to be the favorite place for movie star Humphrey Bogart to sit and watch tournament action.

Also beginning his round at 6:40 a.m., but from the 10th tee, was fellow American Bryson DeChambeau, fifth on the Official World Golf Ranking, eight spots ahead of Woods. There are only three par fives, the first, the 11th and the 17th.

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