Woods aims to reverse Riviera fortunes
LOS ANGELES, FEB 14: Tiger Woods finds a lot of things to love about Riviera Country Club, but his record here isn't one of them.
"I love the golf course, I love the layout, it fits my eye -- and I play awful," Woods said Tuesday as he prepared to tee it up in the Genesis Open starting Thursday on the classic course nestled in the hills of Pacific Palisades, west of downtown Los Angeles.
"It's just one of those weird things."
Woods and Riviera go way back. He made his first PGA Tour start as a 16-year-old at Riviera in 1992, playing on a sponsor's exemption and missing the cut.
He went on to pile up 79 US tour titles and 14 major championships, but in 10 appearances at Riviera his best finish was second place in 1998, which he followed with a tie for second in 1999.
It's the only tournament he has played so often and never won. He last played the tournament in 2006, and he might have remained estranged from Riviera if he hadn't taken over as tournament host last year.
His scheduled return in 2017 was foiled by yet more back trouble. —AFP