Genesis Open Feb 2018 - Tiger Woods & Rory McIlroy Paired

Published: 14-Feb-2018      Updated: 13-Jun-2018
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Genesis Open Feb 2018 - Tiger Woods & Rory McIlroy Grouped with Justin Thomas

The 2018 Genesis Open runs 15-18 February at the Riviera Country Club, L.A.  The Genesis Open was originally called the Los Angeles Open. It was at this event in 1992 that then-16 year old Tiger Woods began his first PGA Tour. He has played the tournament 11 times, the most recent being in 2006, but has never won it.  

Woods had a practice round on the course on Tuesday. It has undergone various changes since he last competed here, including length, with some holes longer and others shorter than in 2006, as well as size and smoothness of greens, depth of bunkers, and changes to the rough. After his round Woods said that he had forgotten how much the nearby ocean affects putting and that he hopes to become more familiar with the course as it is now, during the pro am on Wednesday. 

“I love the golf course, I love the layout, it fits my eye – and I play it awful,” Woods said on Tuesday. “It’s just one of those weird things.”

The groupings are out for this year's Genesis Open and Woods is with Rory McIlroy and world number four Justin Thomas. McIlroy and Woods are the only golfers to win both The Silver Medal and The Gold Medal at The Open Championship. Woods, McIlroy and Jack Nicklaus are the only golfers since the first Masters Tournament in 1934 to win three majors by age 25.

The friendship and respect between Woods and McIlroy is longstanding.

"He's just a great kid, he really is. He's got a heart of gold," Woods said on Golf Channel. "His dad's fantastic and his mom's wonderful,  so they're just a great family.

"I've loved playing with Rory over the years. We haven't played as much, unfortunately, as we would have liked. A lot of that's me because I got hurt and didn't play.

"He's obviously got a lot better. He's worked on his game, he's won tournaments, while I've been out. Rory's always been fun to play with and will continue to be.

"He's one of the players, when he gets it going, there's not a lot of players better than him."


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