Published: Sun, February 18, 2018
Life&Culture | By Peggy Hughes

Genesis Open 2018: Patrick Cantlay, Graeme McDowell, Sam Saunders Tied for Lead

Genesis Open 2018: Patrick Cantlay, Graeme McDowell, Sam Saunders Tied for Lead

Following an opening-round 1-over 72, Woods carded eight bogeys during a second-round 76 that left him four strokes off the projected cut line. Still rusty after extensive layoffs from four back surgeries, Woods was reduced to grimacing, head-shaking and occasionally mouthing expletives amid wildly inconsistent shotmaking. He bogeyed the 11th, 12th, 13th and 16th holes.

Tiger Woods has missed the cut at Riveira for the first time in nine appearances as a pro.

But McIlroy offered a positive assessment of Woods, who was making only his second start in a full-field PGA Tour event since returning to action from spinal fusion surgery a year ago.

Saunders shot a 7-under-par 64 to take the first-round lead in last year's Genesis Open, then followed with rounds of 77-73-68 to finish tied for 49th at 2-under-par. I must have covered this event about a dozen times but there has never been a buzz like the one over the first two days.

"Last year was kind of a hot day, I just kind of had everything going for me".

Tiger Woods has committed to playing at the PGA Tour's Honda Classic next week in an encouraging indication of his progress in recovering from long-term injury.

Woods said earlier in the week that he would only opt to play a second straight week if he believed he could swing "full bore" by Thursdays first round.

Woods, as host of the tourney that benefits his foundation, will stick around for the weekend even though he won't be on the tee sheet.

Sam Saunders was one of the players yet to complete his second round and he was on seven under with McDowell and fellow American Cantlay after 15 holes of his second round. "Like, it's two shots a tournament he has to give to the field because of all that that goes on around".

After another poor drive at the 15th put him two-over again, he birdied the 608-yard 17th from five feet to turn in one-over, then came home in level with birdies at the first and eighth cancelled out by dropped shots at the fifth and seventh. "Give him a little bit more time". "It was just one of those things".

Cantlay, who shared the overnight lead with Tony Finau, had five birdies in his two-under 69.

Shot of the day: Derek Fathauer eagled the par-4 third hole, holing his approach shot from 120 yards.

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