Tiger Woods issues brutal slapdown of rivals at Genesis Open

Tiger Woods issues brutal slapdown of rivals at Genesis Open

Tiger Woods continues to play down expectations as his return from back surgery takes its next step at the Genesis Open.

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For the moment it seems Woods is content trying to get tournament reps in as he aims to understand how his body will work under pressure in competition, but his mind is still never far from the W.

"I've been blown away by the support", Tiger said of the outpouring of concern and well-wishing from the public. "The crowds are great, and it's just nice to get an opportunity to win this, and maybe one day I can get my name in the clubhouse".

Last year, Lee made just two starts apiece on the Tour and Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada. I'm just a person that they could bounce ideas off of - what did I used to do and how do I feel these things, what do I do in certain situations, certain shots.

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The weather should be better this year with moderate breezes the most daunting conditions the players will have to deal with. 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.

Of the other big prices, Sang-Moon Bae loves it here (8-12-8 on his only three starts from 2013-2015) and, after the inevitable struggles following his two-year absence for National Service in South Korea, he found form again last week with a T15 at Pebble Beach. I am more of a playing competitor now. Beyond that, there are The Strip and The Boulevard, fun fan engagements between the first and second holes near the short game and practice areas that feature interactive displays from partners including United, Coca-Cola and Vessel, as well as cool giveaways. "So I have to do a little more homework (Wednesday) during the Pro-Am".

But with his ailing back now on the mend and after finishing 23rd in his comeback at the Farmers Insurance Open last month, the Californian believes he's still got the right stuff in the heat of battle. "I'm not used to walking".

"I think that all three of us are excited about playing with one another in this event, and I'm looking forward to the challenge of not only competing against those guys but competing against the rest of the guys in the field".

So, instead, I'll take the same price on a player who does love this layout and has the results to back it up - Martin Laird.

Bubba Watson - Bubba Watson hasn't had any noteworthy performances since the QBE Shootout, but he has made the cut in four of his last five events and is 11th in driving distance. They also come into play on the hard par-4 12th, lining the right side of the fairway, and again on 13, where the club had to plant the trees along the left side of the hole to soak up water after years of flooding issues. He said, "That was the year before I was born".