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Recap: Tiger Woods' final round 77 at Genesis Invitational

Golfweek logo Golfweek 2/16/2020 Adam Woodard
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Tiger Woods was back where it all started in 1992 when he made his PGA Tour debut at Riviera Country Club as a 16-year-old amateur.

Flash-forward to 2020 and the 44-year-old Woods is now hosting his own Tour event, the Genesis Invitational. Despite his success on the West coast, Woods has never won at Riviera, and that trend continued this weekend.

Woods opened with a 2-under 69 on Thursday then collapsed with a 2-over 73 on Friday, making the weekend cut by just two strokes. He followed that with a disappointing 5-over 76 on Saturday and an even worse 6-over 77 Sunday.

Check out his final round, shot-by-shot.

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Hole 9 – Par 4

Well this is nice. Tiger ends his week with a b-e-a-utiful tee shot down the center. Absolutely ripped this one. His approach is all over the flag stick and takes a big hop off the back of the green. Just a few more swings and we’re outta here. Tiger chips up on the green to a foot and taps-in for par, walking off the course in dead last.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 6 over 77 (11 over overall).

Hole 8 – Par 4

I don’t even need to tell you what happens at this rate. Rough off the tee. Long approach goes off the green. Chip gets to five feet this time, but even that distance is cause for concern for Tiger. Misses the par and that’s back-to-back bogeys, preceded by a double.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 6 over thru 17 (11 over overall).

Hole 7 – Par 4

Tiger found the fairway down the left side here at No. 7 but airmailed the green. Shortsided, his chip ran 13 feet past the hole and his par putt didn’t sniff the cup. Four over in his last four holes. The comedy of errors continues.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 5 over thru 16 (10 over overall).

Hole 6 – Par 3

There’s a famous pot bunker in the middle of the green, and the pin is back-left. Tiger missed the bunker in the middle, but did find the one guarding the left side of the dance floor. In his defense is does seem like a nice day for a trip to the beach. Well, his out went over the green on the back side of the green. Then his chip to save par rolled off the front of the green. He was finally on in four and tapped-in for a crowd-displeasing five.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 4 over thru 15 (9 over overall).

Hole 5 – Par 4

Another missed fairway here for the Cat but it could be worse. His approach, you guessed it, comes up short of the green, and he chips, once again, to seven feet. Par. He’s playing the most predictable, boring round ever. Can we just go to Augusta already?

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 over thru 14 (7 over overall).

Hole 4 – Par 3

It’s a long par 3, but this shot shouldn’t be this short. Average shot here gets to about eight feet and that putt just won’t drop this week. Another bogey. The par 3s have not been kind to Mr. Woods this week.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 over thru 13 (7 over overall).

Hole 3 – Par 4

Driver here is left, way left, left of left, as left as you could be. He does well to get this one near the green, a little short and left. That was a great recovery shot to keep par in play. Nifty little chip leaves a two-foot clean up for par. That hole could’ve been a disaster.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over thru 12 (6 over overall).

Hole 2 – Par 4

Miss left. Rough. That’s a real bummer of a tee shot after the eagle. The rest of this hole was about as on-brand as Tiger could be this week. From the rough the approach was short, the chip was decent and he cleaned up for par. Not a whole lot happening right now.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over thru 11 (6 over overall).

Hole 1 – Par 5

He’s scored at the first all week, let’s see what’s in store today. Nice tee shot goes just a shade over 300 yards down the right edge of the fairway. He’ll have 200 yards to the back pin from there. Big Cat goes pin-seeking and is all over this one, leaving just inside eight feet for an eagle. He needed this as Tiger converts the eagle putt for the second time this week and takes a chunk out of his disappointing score.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over thru 10 (6 over overall).

Hole 18 – Par 4

Left fairway here for Tiger on No. 18. Nice, smooth swing here was pretty confident. Another fairway found gone to waste as his approach comes up short … again. Plenty of green to work with to save par. Well, he used about half the green because this comes up so short. So, so short. Leaving 18 feet for par, he came up a couple feet short again and that’s another bogey. Yikes.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 over thru 9 (8 over overall).

Hole 17 – Par 5

BOOM GOES THE DYNAMITE! Tiger launches this one 315 down the fairway and has a chance to get home in two and cut into today’s deficit. Takes a rip here and finds the bunker to the right. With a lot of sand to cover he doesn’t get the first out but HOLES OUT WITH THE SECOND FOR BIRDIE. I mean, what?! Where was this luck / skill / whatever you want to call it the last three days? Not he most conventional birdie but the Cat will take it.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 over thru 8 (7 over overall).

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Hole 16 – Par 3

How can I put this lightly … this shot was just terrible. So short, finding the bunker guarding the green. 24 yards short of the green from the sand, gets it to inside eight feet but blows the par putt by. Another bad bogey.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 over thru 7 (8 over overall).

Hole 15 – Par 4

Driver finds the fairway but flirts with the rough here at No. 15. Maybe seeing that putt on the right line will jumpstart some sort of confidence. One can hope, right? Tiger finds the green with his approach, an accomplishment compared to most of this week, but he’s still got some serious work to do, even for a two-putt par. Control will be key here. Uphill the entire way from 44 feet and this is well short. Poor effort. He cleans up for par and avoids another dropped shot.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 over thru 6 (7 over overall).

Hole 14 – Par 3

Wide and shallow green here with the pin to the right means bunkers in the front are trouble. Safe shot is middle of the green, unless you really think you have the number. Nice tee shot here finds the middle of the green and he had a good look at birdie. From right around 25-30 feet, his putt curled left-to-right and was right on line, but stopped short a revolution or two. Par it is.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 over thru 5 (7 over overall).

Hole 13 – Par 4

Nice swing here for Tiger but this one runs through the fairway and to the right rough. Back pin here at No. 13 today and the green gets more narrow the deeper you go, but there aren’t any bunkers behind. Long story short: there’s a window to attack here. This can’t be fun. Iron approach came out hot and runs off the back left of the green. Pitch from behind was flirting with the flagstick but ran a good 10 feet past, again. No dice on the putt, never on line, another bogey.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 2 over thru 4 (7 over overall).

Hole 12 – Par 4

Driver. Right rough. Little too much movement on it. Not an ideal spot but not in prison, either. Front-left pin and Tiger has a pretty solid angle here, depending on his lie, could be go-time. Cat did well to get this on the green, below the hole and inside 20 feet for birdie. He hasn’t had the mojo on the greens this week and the same can be said here. Two-putt par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over thru 3 (6 over overall).

Hole 11 – Par 5

Driver here for Tiger and this one is left but gets a nice bounce in the rough and moves closer to the fairway. He lays up this one up, advancing to the short grass. Another poor wedge shot from the fairway here as Tiger launches this one to the back of the green. He put himself in an awful spot, having to putt over a massive ridge. No way he could control the speed unless he canned the putt, which he didn’t, and this one races by another 10 feet. No dice here on the comebacker and this is a three-jack bogey. To quote the great theologians OK Go …

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TIGER ON THE DAY: 1 over thru 2 (6 over overall).

Hole 10 – Par 4

We begin on No. 10, and the Big Cat lays up once again instead of going for the driveable par 4. Red rolled collar shirt with a red vest on top, our boy looks clean today. Speaking of clean, that swing was nice and smooth and he’s in the fairway, but it’s not an easy shot given the back pin placement guarded by bunkers behind and on both sides. This one was on the right line but a yard or two short, landing on the fringe and spinning onto the green well below the hole. From 44 feet, Tiger was up against the edge of the green and couldn’t get the right line to play off the slope. This putt comes up way short, and he’ll have eight feet for par. TW cleans up and we avoid a dropped shot.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even thru 1 (5 over overall).

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