No one should be surprised, however, if Augusta turns out to be Woods’ first appearance of the year. He did the same in 2010 following his sex scandal and still managed to finish fourth. Woods won’t rush this latest comeback, but is confident he can come back better and stronger than in 2020 – which was essentially a cancellation – and if he’s remotely fit in September, Stricker would almost certainly give him some. one of his six jokers.
The last time the United States played in a tag team match was the 2019 Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne 15 months ago and Woods has more than proven his worth at the flag by not only captaining America with a 16-14 victory, but also winning all three games as a player. As Harrington pointed out, Woods seems like a different team animal these days.
While Harrington remains assured of Woods’ excellence, he oddly chose Rory McIlroy as the only member of his potential squad he wouldn’t choose to break through the final 10-footer with the Ryder Cup on the line.
“It wouldn’t be you, Rory, sorry,” Harrington told golf.com, before naming young Spaniard Jon Rahm. To be fair, McIlroy’s participation in the first two rounds of the Genesis Open in Los Angeles was sad as he missed his first cut in almost two years. In his absence, American Sam Burns took a five-stroke lead halfway through a second-place group including world No.1 Dustin Johnson.
The game was suspended at the Riviera Country Club in the third round for more than four hours when the winds rose so strong that Keegan Bradley took a 59-foot putt for birdie – and ended up with a 44-yard throw for the normal.
When play resumed, Burns saw his lead reduced to four after three holes by Jordan Spieth, the resurgent world No.1, chasing his first win in nearly four years, and Tyler McCumber. Englishman Matt Fiztpatrick had played six games and was five on pace.
Genesis Open Ranking: Top 10 after the second round
USA unless otherwise specified
1. S Burns -12
T2. D Johnson -7
T2. J Niemann (Chile) -7
T2. T McCumber -7
T2. J Kokrak -7
T6. W Clark -6
T6. M Homa -6
T6. J Spieth -6
T9. P Cantlay -5
T9. Mr. Fitzpatrick (England) -5
Second round report (Frida February 19)
Rory McIlroy’s Masters squad suffered a setback in Los Angeles where their record streak ended with a first failed cut in nearly two years.
The Irishman never looked like he qualified for the final two rounds of the Genesis Open, as he struggled to hit a 76 for a scrappy seven out. McIlroy, 31, was miles away, leaving a tournament prematurely for the first time since the 2019 Open at the Royal Portrush.
Until his demise, McIlroy’s 30 consecutive weekends had been the longest active race of the two main men’s circuits.
The consolation of having failed so categorically was that McIlroy didn’t have to wait and could immediately walk out of the gates of the Riviera Country Club on Sunset Boulevard and the airport on a private jet to return home to Florida.
McIlroy will be deeply frustrated, however. After finishing third in his opening event of the year – the Abu Dhabi Championship – he was convinced he had left behind the poor form that had held him since golf resumed after the lockdown last June.
This error-ridden display – with eight bogeys and a double bogey in its 36 holes – came on the back in a tie for 13th and a tie for 16th in its first two PGA Tour events of 2021, and well let it be hardly panic. , McIlroy will look forward to getting back on track at the WGC Workday Championship, a three-hour drive west of his base in Jupiter, which begins Thursday.