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  • Tiger Woods Withdraws from Genesis Invitational Friday, After Hitting His Tee Shot on the Seventh Hole

    Chris Butchko, Observer Staff Writer|Feb 20, 2024

    The tables finally turned on Riviera Country Club, and a player delivered a devastating gut punch to the tournament. Unfortunately, it was not a golf shot that laid the course low, and the playing dealing the unexpected damage was Tiger Woods, who withdrew from the tournament Friday afternoon after hitting his tee shot on the seventh hole. Play continued, and Long Beach's Patrick Cantlay, who learned Riviera as a player on UCLA's golf team, stretched his lead. Much like Joaquin Niemann, now-depa...

  • Tiger Woods Withdraws From Genesis Invitational after finishing the sixth hole on the front side, Day Two

    Chris Butchko, Observer Staff Writer|Feb 16, 2024

    Riviera kept its secrets in the first round. As the day wore on, the greens got trickier, the wind got stronger, and the world's best golfers lost their way. UCLA alumni Patrick Cantlay leads at seven under par after a scorching start that saw him five under after eight holes. One back is Cam Davis, who fought the front side but cruised on the back nine, finishing it at five under. Also in contention are Luke List, who also torched the front side, and Australia's Jason day, both of whom posted...

  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Adam Scott at the Genesis Invitational Golf Tournament Saturday

    Chris Butchko, Observer Sports Writer|Feb 19, 2020

    Tiger Woods came into the round after a year where he let the field know he was the still a force to be feared. He narrowly made the cut, but was in the place that struck fear into the tour for so many years: lurking. This year, the crouching Tiger threw up a four-putt from two feet on the 13th hole to finish with a 76 and end up 15 shots behind the lead. In Tiger's usual spot just behind the leaders is Russ Henley, who shot a three-under 68 to place one shot out of the lead. Henley, like...

  • Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Brooks Koepka Face off against Spain's John Rahm

    Chris Butchko, Observer Staff Writer|Feb 16, 2020

    As Friday's play proved, this year's field for the Invitational at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades may have the strongest field of any golf event for the year, having nine of the top ten players in the world rankings. The problem, for fans and Genesis Motors, is that the tough, long, and punishing Riviera course has a bad habit of turning away fan favorites after the cut. This year, though, the big names are mostly spared. At the top of the list for most people hoping to see the top...