Golf Emperor’ Tiger Woods (USA) had a successful return to the field after 7 months.토토사이트
In the first round of the PGA Tour Genesis Invitational (total prize money of $20 million) held at the Riviera Country Club (par 71) in Palisades, California, USA on the 17th (Korean time), Woods made 5 birdies with 3 bogeys. He shot a 2-under 69.
He shot a 7-under-par 64, 5 strokes behind the leaders Max Horma and Keith Mitchell (USA). However, it is evaluated that the game was much better than expected, considering the long absence of the field, the age of 48, and the aftermath of a car accident.
Woods did not play a regular tour event for seven months after missing the cut at the Open in July.
He had previously competed at the PNC Championship, an event event last December, but it was a two-day event and he rode the cards round the rounds.
Woods, who is said to have put more effort into strengthening his leg muscles, which were seriously injured in a car accident, and refining his shots, hit a thrilling long hit with a distance of 323 yards that day.
The speed of the ball hit with a driver approached 180 miles per hour, rather than Rory McIlroy (Northern Ireland) and Justin Thomas (USA) who played together.
With a sharp attack on the green following a long hit, he showed performance comparable to that of his heyday.
On this day, at 12:04 p.m. local time, crowds gathered to see Woods, who teed off.
There were so many spectators that it was difficult to move, and when Woods appeared for a tee shot, they chanted ‘Tiger’ and cheered enthusiastically.
When introducing Woods, everyone raised their mobile phones high with both arms to take pictures of him, creating a rare scene where they couldn’t clap their hands.
Woods started the first round pleasantly by catching a 2m birdie on hole 1 (par 4). Hole 1 is the easiest hole at Riviera Country Club.
On hole 4 (par 3), his tee shot went off the green and Woods, who missed a 3m par putt, pulled out a surprising birdie on hole 8 (par 4).
After dropping a 322-yard tee shot in the middle of the fairway, he created a 1m birdie opportunity with a sharp wedge shot.
In hole 9 (par 4), the tee shot distance was further increased to 323 yards.
Woods, who lost one stroke at hole 10 (par 4) when he failed to hit the green with his second shot, missed the green at hole 12 (par 4) and failed to even drop a 3m par putt, slipping into an over par.
However, Woods saved a 2m birdie opportunity on the 16th hole (par 3) and then put a 7m birdie putt on the 17th hole (par 5) to recover the under par score.
Woods was applauded for his birdie show for three consecutive holes by catching a 2.5m birdie on the 18th hole (par 4).
Woods put a birdie putt on the 17th and 18th holes and smiled with satisfaction.
Homa, the 2021 champion of the tournament and winner of the Farmers Insurance Open on the 29th of last month, and Mitchell, who is regarded as a master of the short game, took 8 birdies side by side and took the lead.
World No. 3 Jon Rahm (Spain) hit a 6 under par 66 to lay a stepping stone to his third win of the season.