Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods remained winless at zero at storied Riviera. In the renowned golf game where many other golf experts have achieved a trophy, the competition of the two greatest golf player remained shut out after Woods was unable to make Genesis Open final-round charge and the tie ended at 15th.
With weekend rounds of 65 and 72, Woods may have redefined his Riviera narrative that has sagged after a 12-year absence followed by his 2018 return and a missed cut. In 1992, where Woods had played his first PGA Tour event, he has not performed much well other than one second-place last century.
Woods’ “futility” here has been a bit overstated given multiple rounds of 65 or better. A surprising number stayed late for the restart, which included actor Josh Duhamel and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin with cold temperatures and a break between Saturday’s delayed second and third rounds. With a birdie-eagle-birdie-birdie run, Woods rewarded the crowd. The huge crowd overwhelmed the two of the partners of Woods, Peter Malnati and Cody Gribble. The confidence which was lacking in the first two rounds, that came back in Woods which made him more confident.
“I got tired,” Woods said. “I don’t know if I’m the only one, but I definitely felt it today.”
While he was asked that if the obligations made any distraction for him he replied, “This is a busy week, anytime I’ve hosted events over the last, what, 20 years now, they’re busy weeks. There’s a lot to do as part of hosting duties and playing. So I’ve done it before, I’ve been successful at it, and hopefully, we can get it going here.”