McGirt returns to Riviera for Genesis Open

Woods aims to reverse Riviera fortunes

Asked if he'd be up for a back-nine duel with McIlroy at Riviera, where he hasn't played since 2006, Woods said: "I would love it". Winner's share: $1,296,000. Television: Thursday, 2-6 p.m. (Golf Channel); Friday, 4-8 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday, 2-3:30 p.m. (Golf Channel), 4-7 p.m. (CBS); Sunday, 1-2:45 p.m. (Golf Channel), 3-6:30 p.m. (CBS). "So the old yardage books are out the window".

Back up the price grid and Brendan Steele at 50s is a decent price in his home State and on greens he grew up on and I really like Alex Noren on this course which is ideal for his left-to-right ball flight but we've really ducked him at 35s.

"So I've got to do a little bit more homework (Wednesday) in the pro-am".

Tiger Woods plays his second event of 2018 after an encouraging showing at Torrey Pines. Also, with length being a path to success at Riviera in the past, SG: Off the Tee will also be important in determining strong golfers for our lineups.

Woods is not quite ready to predict a timeline for where his results are headed, despite a respectable tie for 23rd at Torrey Pines three weeks ago in his first appearance of the year. Woods replied it was in 1992, when he was 16.

This will be the 54 year Riviera has been the venue for this tournament.

The 14-time major champion is grouped with Justin Thomas and Rory McIlroy for the first two rounds. "For a while there that wasn't the case".

The weather should be better this year with moderate breezes the most daunting conditions the players will have to deal with. For instance, more than one tour player's golf ball has been completely swallowed by the giant trees on the long par-5 11th. And if there as one event that could inspire a breakthrough performance, it would probably be the Genesis Open considering he won it in 2014 and 2016.

The PGA Tour will be traveling south from the Monterey Peninsula to the bright lights of Los Angeles, California.

Thomas Pieters was last year's runner-up to Dustin Johnson at this event, and he seems underpriced this weekend based on his talent. I recommended Mickelson for a Top 10 last week and he finished in a tie for second. He's a core play for me this week. "It's very simple. It's just one of those weird things".

Woods has struggled with back issues that have taken him out of the spotlight for some time now.

Woods and Riviera go way back. "I'm trying to get through that process, go through that process, get to that point". Because it's more stout, it doesn't have much play.

Tournament play is the key, Woods said.

"I'm just starting back", he said at his pre-tournament press conference. That's different than it used to be.

"Those are things that I could never have figured that out on my own not in a tournament setting because in a tournament setting, things are ramped up". "I've been away from the game a pretty long time".

Unlike last week at Pebble Beach, driver is needed or can give an advantage on many holes this week at Riviera. But also I don't wan't to play too much.

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