Tiger Woods looking to finally end his trophy drought at the Genesis Open

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Tiger Woods looking to finally end his trophy drought at the Genesis Open in California… 27 years after making his PGA Tour debut at the same event

  • Tiger Woods and six of the world’s top 10 will compete at the Genesis Open 
  • It is the only event Woods has played 10 or more times without tasting victory
  • He is paired with Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas for second straight year
  • Defending champion Bubba Watson is seeking a fourth win in just six years 

Phil Casey, Press Association

Tiger Woods will hope 13 proves to be his lucky number as he seeks to fill in one of the few gaps on his incredible golfing CV.

Woods made his PGA Tour debut as a 16-year-old schoolboy in the 1992 Los Angeles Open, but like his idol Jack Nicklaus has never tasted victory at the iconic Riviera Country Club.

Now called the Genesis Open, the tournament is the only one where Woods has made 10 appearances or more without a victory, the 14-time major winner’s best results in 12 starts being back-to-back runners-up finishes in 1998 and 1999.

Tiger Woods is looking for his first victory at the Genesis Open in his 13th appearance

Tiger Woods is looking for his first victory at the Genesis Open in his 13th appearance

Tiger Woods is looking for his first victory at the Genesis Open in his 13th appearance

Woods also missed the cut at Riviera last year after rounds of 72 and 76, but that was still early on in his comeback following spinal fusion surgery and the former world number one went on to claim his 80th PGA Tour title in the Tour Championship later in the season.

For the second year running Woods has been paired with Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas for the first two rounds, a decision which could have McIlroy reaching for the painkillers again.

‘It might always have been like this, like the whole Tiger mania and these dudes, but I swear, playing in front of all that, he (Woods) gives up half a shot a day on the field,’ McIlroy said at the halfway stage 12 months ago.

Rory McIlroy will be paired with Woods and Justin Thomas for the second straight year

Rory McIlroy will be paired with Woods and Justin Thomas for the second straight year

Rory McIlroy will be paired with Woods and Justin Thomas for the second straight year

‘It’s two shots a tournament he has to give because of all that that goes on around. So, whether that calms down the more he plays and it doesn’t become such a novelty that he’s back out playing again, I don’t know… But it’s tiring. I need a couple Advil. I’ve got a headache after all that.’

McIlroy went on to finish 20th last year and comes into the event on the back of top-five finishes in his two tournaments to date in 2019, a year in which he is focusing firmly on the PGA Tour as he tries to end a four-year winless streak in major championships.

Six of the world’s top 10 are in the field along with world No 16 and defending champion Bubba Watson, who is seeking a remarkable fourth win in the last six years.

Watson will partner 2017 champion Dustin Johnson and Cameron Champ over the first two days in a group which could turn into a long-driving contest.

Defending champion Bubba Watson is looking for a fourth win in six years at the Genesis Open 

Defending champion Bubba Watson is looking for a fourth win in six years at the Genesis Open 

Defending champion Bubba Watson is looking for a fourth win in six years at the Genesis Open 

 

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