Tiger Woods issues brutal slapdown of rivals at Genesis Open

14-time major champion Tiger Woods

Thursday will be the start of the Genesis Open at Riviera Country Club.

Tiger Woods is preparing for his second competitive outing in over 12 months at the Genesis Open and is hoping that he can have a good tournament as he looks to get back to full fitness.

Woods, who will be paired with Rory McIlroy and reigning Player of the Year Justin Thomas for the first two rounds this week at Riviera, has taken a cautious approach in his comeback. Rory McIlroy will be looking to bounce back from a missed cut in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. While Berger doesn't have a top-10 yet this season, he is likely to be a lower-owned option in tournaments, which will help to diversify the Dustin Johnson exposure I plan on having. Since the beginning of his PGA Tour career in 2008, it's been his personal ATM. The tournament has gone through a handful of name changes, switching to Genesis Open in 2017.

This is a tough test, and while Dustin Johnson's winning score of -17 past year suggests otherwise it should be noted that the world number one was at his very best for all four days 12 months ago; the fact he won by five clear strokes speaks volumes. "And right now I'm hitting it as well as I have in a long time", said the 47-year-old.

"I'm starting to understand my body more with this back that's different than it used to be".

Relatively short and tight by modern standards, Riviera did not suit a long-hitting young Woods but he might find it more to his liking now as a 42-year-old with a fused spine, still able to hit the ball a long way, but no further than many of his peers.

"As for the guys who are on tour who are young, I can handle myself", the world No 550 said.

"My feet", said Woods.

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Woods will have to shore up his play off the tee if he's to have any chance of contending, let alone battling Johnson down the stretch.

Neds also have a number of "Tiger Woods 2018 Specials" with the former world number one paying $2.25 to make the cut in three majors this year, or $7 to add to his tally of 14 major victories in 2018. In January, he played the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines, where he finished 3 under par, tied for 23rd.

"I'd eventually like to win tournaments".

Rory McIlroy was a poor pick on my behalf last week as Pebble is a very hard event if you're new to it.

Matt Kuchar: Hasn't finished better than T8 here in his last 10 appearances, and despite a T62 at Pebble Beach, he still comes in to this event with three top-10s in his last four starts. "This is all still new to me and I want to be smart about it". He was T2 in his first outing here last year, and although this is his first start in the US this year, he's had an encouraging start to the year - finishing T5 in Abu Dhabi before a T32 in Dubai.

Jordan Spieth: Struggling with the putter a little at the moment, but a real threat if he sorts that out. "It's one of my favorite courses that we play all year".

At 7,322 yards for its Par 71, Riviera features just three Par 5s, so the players will have to compile the bulk of their winning score across the eleven Par 4s.

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