Genesis Open: Relive Tiger Woods' Riviera debut as a 16-year-old

Tiger Woods

Woods will play alongside Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas in the opening two rounds, at a course where he has never won, despite playing at Riviera regularly while he was growing up.

Tiger Woods (33/1), the 14-time major champion, will make his second start of the season this week.

He will certainly have stiff competition this week from a field headed by world number one and defending champion Dustin Johnson.

You wait an age for a journeyman to end their PGA TOUR title drought, and then two come along at once!

McIlroy has fallen back to 10 in the world rankings after missing the cut at Pebble Beach this past weekend. So, the more tournaments he plays, the higher his and everyone else's expectations will elevate. 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.

While his body is no longer what it was, Woods still believes he has got what it takes to challenge the new breed of young guns in the heat of battle, saying "Both", when asked if he'd rather be a wild card or a vice-captain in the September's Ryder Cup should he finish 20th in the standings.

Thomas Pieters won the NCAA 2012 Division I Men's Golf Championship at Riviera. He was a runner-up here as recently as 2015 and tied for eighth last week. "Now I'm playing against him and trying to beat him, instead of watching on TV and rooting for him".

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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.

Dustin Johnson fired a superb 64 in round three to move five clear of the pack. 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. There should be sunshine throughout.

"It's just one of those weird things". Johnson completes one full year at No. 1 in the world.

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. He seems to be healthy, so it's just a matter of time for him to be on top of the leaderboard on the PGA Tour.

The rough at Torrey Pines was U.S. Open length.

The star-studded trio will be the PGA Tour Live's featured group Thursday, teeing off on the 10th tee at 10:22 a.m. ET. It's a blind tee shot from below the level of the fairway then a testing approach into a kidney shaped green that sits surrounded by a natural amphitheatre.

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