In his first competitive tournament since the Open Championship in July, Tiger Woods scored a two-under 69 at the Genesis Invitational. Despite being 47 years old, he managed to birdie the last three holes of the course and finished the day one round five shots behind the leaders.
After a seven-month break from competitive golf, Tiger Woods returned to the course and scored a two-under 69 at the Genesis Invitational. In a strong finish to his round, the 47-year-old golfer birdied his last three holes. This tournament marks his first professional event since the Open Championship at St Andrew’s in July.
Tiger Woods, a 15-time major champion, is currently tied for 27th place in California after carding a two-under 69 at the Genesis Invitational. He birdied his first, eighth, and final three holes of the day, finishing the round five shots behind the joint leaders, Max Homa and Kevin Mitchell, both from the US. The world’s third-ranked golfer, Jon Rahm, is one shot back in third place.
Rory McIlroy, who played alongside Tiger Woods, shot a four-under 67 and is currently tied for seventh place. Justin Thomas, the third member of their group, scored a three-under 68 and is currently tied for 14th place.
Tiger Woods, who had five birdies and three bogeys in his round, commented after the game that he could recover and end strongly, saying “It was a nice finish.”
If Rory McIlroy wins at Riviera, he will become the world No. 1 golfer, taking the position from Scottie Scheffler. However, McIlroy could still take outright third place and become world No. 1 unless Scheffler finishes in the top 25, or unless Jon Rahm wins the tournament or finishes outright second.