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Tiger Woods made an impressive birdie on his opening hole on the PGA Tour, marking a triumphant return for the 15-time Major winner. Playing at Riviera Country Club, where he made his tour debut as 16 years old amateur, Woods made an impressive eagle to begin play on Monday morning.
After eight years, Tiger Woods is back on the PGA Tour. Teamed up with friends Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas, he hopes to add to his 82 wins on the tour.
Tiger Woods' stunning birdie on his first hole on the PGA Tour in 884 days has sent golf fans into a frenzy. The American golfer made an amazing return to competition at Riviera Country Club's Genesis Invitational alongside Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth.
The 15-time major winner began with a powerful drive that found the fairway and allowed him to sink a birdie putt. On his next hole, 221 yards par-3 14th, he hit an incredible approach shot to 13 feet for another birdie putt and moved up to 2-under for the round.
However, things did not go according to plan for the ace-rich legend on his next two holes. After making a birdie putt on the third, Woods bogeyed holes four and five, dropping to even par for the round.
On the sixth hole, he hit his tee shot into a creek and then made triple bogey to go 4-over for the day. Additionally, on the seventh tee shot that would have made par added to his already high score for that round.
On the eighth, he made it back to one-under with an incredible chip into the green and made a birdie putt for a spectacular two-under finish. His round continued with birdies on nine and 18 to cap off an amazing round in stunning scenes.
Tiger Woods made a strong comeback, despite an initially slow start, to keep his spirits high during his long-awaited comeback. At the Genesis Invitational in 2022, it marked the first time he had played an official PGA Tour event since suffering serious injuries in a car accident two years prior. It was an emotional scene for those watching at this emotional event.
He accepted the challenges of playing golf with diminished physical capabilities and made sure his fellow players had a smile on the course, laughing alongside them as he went. Woods also stopped for lunch on the course to enjoy some solitude and take in the surroundings. With 54 holes remaining, Woods remains within striking distance of a top-70 spot and potential playoff at Southern Hills.
Tiger Woods has made an incredible return to the PGA Tour, scoring a stunning birdie on his opening hole. This marks his first official tournament appearance in 884 days after suffering an extensive injury on January 8, 2021.
On Thursday at Riviera Country Club, golf legend Gary Player took the tee off for his fourth career win at the Genesis Invitational. He'll be joined by Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas - who each won their first tour events this year.
After hitting a powerful drive, the 47-year-old pulled in a short iron into the fairway and found it on the green. He then drained a long putt for par.
Woods followed with another impressive chip onto the green, and then put in a birdie putt of reasonable distance to get back up to even-par for the round.
On the 16th hole, he hit his drive well off the tee but didn't have enough distance for a long approach shot into the green. Unfortunately, his effort landed just short of the flag and he was unable to make up ground with his putt.
On the next hole, he hit an impressive chip shot, rolling in a birdie putt from just over 7 feet - his first regulation birdie since his Masters victory.
It's an incredible sight to witness a man who has endured injuries and personal issues finally make his comeback. Let's hope the next few rounds will be just as memorable, as we watch this golf icon play before an appreciative crowd.
It's an inspiring start for his comeback and a testament to the golf world that he's been healthy enough to play on the PGA Tour at all. Therefore, many will be watching closely what he has to say at the Genesis Invitational.
Woods continued his impressive start with two more birdies to finish at 2-under par 70. This put him in the top ten on the leaderboard and just one stroke off the lead. The tournament continues tomorrow, and we'll be following along live here on PGA Tour LIVE.
Tiger Woods hit an incredible putt on his first hole to begin his PGA Tour return, capping off an awe-inspiring day at Southern Hills. With thousands of spectators in the stands, it was truly a sight to behold as Woods teed up for what promised to be an incredibly successful week.
Woods hit a stunning drive that landed him in the fairway and put him just short of the green for his first birdie of the round. It was an impressive start for Woods, proving that he can still play some incredible golf when in form.
His second shot was similarly accurate, a pinpoint club stroke that landed in the middle of the green. An easy two-putt for birdie gave him some encouragement as he began to make progress back into the round.
He didn't let that momentum stop there, however. He then hit his third shot of the day for a birdie for an impressive seven-stroke lead.
Woods made it look easy on this hole, hitting an iron off the tee that rolled straight to the edge of the fairway. He then hit another crisp clubstroke to within eight feet of the pin for another birdie putt.
The ball stayed low and appeared to offer him a chance at an eagle, but it didn't go far enough. It ran up the slope and stopped about three feet from the cup.
That was an incredible birdie, bringing Woods back to even par on the day. While a strong second round is necessary to keep his score in the 60s, it's encouraging that he can still play with some assurance.
After missing the 10th and 12th holes, he found some peace on the front nine with two straight pars. If he wants to advance further in this tournament, a good round on the back nine will be essential for him to have any chance at victory.
On Thursday, Tiger Woods made an impressive start to his first round of the PGA Tour season at the Genesis Invitational. His birdie on his opening hole made for an inspiring sight as he returned to competitive play after eight months away.
The crowd gathered around the first tee was electric with anticipation as Tiger Woods took his first swing to chants of 'Tiger!' before taking aim. The 82-time PGA Tour winner made an unforgettable impression on viewers with his tee shot, which landed in the rough to his right but came cleanly out and finished just short of the green for a remarkable two-putt birdie.
After making par on the second, Woods continued his good form with a birdie on the fourth. Hitting his approach shot to within a few feet of the hole, he chipped on and made another two-putt birdie to stay even par.
Woods enjoyed some success on his opening hole, yet had a difficult time maintaining par throughout the remainder of his round. He bogeyed two out of the next three holes to finish at +1.
On the drivable par-4 10th hole, Woods hit his tee shot into a bunker and missed the green, sending it into another one of many bunkers in front of him. He made an 8-foot putt to save his bogey but then missed again from 10 feet with his chip shot for yet another bogey on the next hole.
He then made two more bogeys, including a double on the next hole, to finish at +1. It was an incredibly difficult round for Woods but he managed to salvage what he could and once again establish himself as an elite contender in this event.
He hasn't won a tournament since last year's Open at St Andrews, so it's clear he needs to make an impact to get back on track. A win at the Genesis Invitational would give him his 83rd PGA Tour victory and increase his chances of earning a place in Augusta National's Hall of Fame. Additionally, it would mark an historic accomplishment as it would mark his first win at a course other than one that hosts Masters events.