The 14-time major champion, playing in a high-profile group with four-times major victor Rory McIlroy (71) and reigning Player of the Year Justin Thomas (69), was forced to lean heavily on his short game given his erratic long game. Woods has now played 10 rounds of competitive golf since returning from a fourth back surgery, the spinal fusion that took place last April.
Saunders played bogey-free over his final 16 holes on a firm, hard course at Riviera for a 4-under 67 to share the lead with Tom Hoge and Dominic Bozzelli among the early starters Thursday.
Patrick Cantlay ran off three straight birdies toward the end of his morning round, starting with a tap-in on the par-3 sixth when he missed a hole-in-one by a fraction of an inch, and shot a 69. A common malady for golfers of every shape, size and stature, bringing his game to the course is a far more hard task.
Woods is playing this week at the Genesis Open in Los Angeles. He said after the round that he simply didn't feel good about putting all day.
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"My wedge game is fine", Woods said. I'm very pleased with my round, but I missed a lot of very makeable birdie putts, and it could have been a lot better round today. "I've got a headache after all that". "And I'm a big fan like we all are out here and it's really cool to see him out and we all want him to be out here every week and playing well".
You've got a six-foot putt and they'll shout "It doesn't break as much as you think", just stuff like that - stuff they don't have to say.
While the glass half-empty brigade feasted on Woods's poor second-round 76 for a tie for 116th place as evidence he is never coming back, there was plenty for those alongside McIlroy in the other camp to draw upon. "That's been nice, something I haven't done in years".
"I got off to a great start", said Finau, who missed the cut in the tournament in both 2016 and 2017.
Missing the cut at Riviera will offer him extra time to recover from soreness and to prepare for the Honda Classic, which is near his current residence in South Florida.