The ‘golf emperor’ is back.
Tiger Woods (USA) made 5 birdies in the first round of the PGA Tour Genesis Invitational (total prize money of 20 million dollars) held at the Riviera Country Club (par 71) in Pacific Palisades, California on the 17th (Korean time). He tied for 27th with 3 bogeys and a 2 under par 69 strokes.
Woods, who returned to the official competition site seven months after the Open Championship in July of last year, continued to exercise and practice to improve his shot. Thanks to this, the ball speed reached 180 mph and the maximum driver distance was 338 yards (approximately 309 m). Driver average distance was 311.7 yards (about 285 m), 37th farthest. The green hit rate was also not bad at 66.67%.
In particular, it was a short game when the skill was buried. Approach to Green (SG) was 0.895 strokes, and the number of putts was 27.
Woods caught a birdie from the first hole (par 5). His tee shot fell into the rough, but he sent it well to the green with his second shot, and from a distance of about 36m left, he made a clean approach to the hole about 1m away and got a birdie. 메이저사이트
In the 4th hole (par 3), he made a bogey, but made a birdie again in the 8th hole (par 4). The second shot hit the hole less than 1m away and connected with a tap-in birdie.
However, in the second half, they were driven into a crisis. After the 10th hole (par 4), the 12th hole (par 4) was shaken by the view. On the 10th hole, the third shot fell into the bunker around the green, and on the 12th hole, there was a putting miss.
Woods, who became 1 over par in an instant, transformed into a ‘battle mode’. He reported three consecutive birdies in holes 16 to 18 and finished the first round with 2 under par.
On the 16th hole (par 3), he put a tee shot about 1.5m away from the hole and caught a birdie, and on the 17th hole (par 5), he made a tricky 7m birdie putt. In the last 18th hole (par 4), the second shot was placed within about 2.5m of the hole and connected with a birdie.
U.S. Yahoo Sports spotlighted him, saying, “It seemed uncomfortable for Woods to limp early on and turn the course. He was in danger of slipping with consecutive bogeys, but at that time, Woods appeared in the past.”
Woods said, “I’m a little upset right now. I didn’t finish my round well last year. It’s because I didn’t do it, and I scolded myself for having to do this because I didn’t play a lot. I made a series of birdies,” he said.
“It was a wonderful round,” he said, “a lot of ice is freezing here. When I go back to the hotel, Icing, treatment, icing, treatment will repeat. I will warm up tomorrow and get off to a good start.”