Genesis Open Cut Will Be Made Tomorrow
The Genesis Open started with 144 golfers on Thursday, and two days later there were still 144 golfers fighting the rainy weather at the Riviera County Club.
Usually by Saturday, the field is cut by half—so last year people who came on the weekend to watch Tiger Woods play were out of luck—he didn’t make the cut on Friday.
This year is different because round one started promptly at 6:40 a.m. on Thursday with 10 groups on the course, but by 7:30 a.m., with heavy rain and wind, golfers retreated into the clubhouse.
Play resumed at 1:40 p.m. and all scores were reset/erased (this is the first time a PGA TOUR event restarted a round since the 2013 Dell Technologies Championship). Even though golfers were on the course until 5:34 p.m. Thursday, it was apparent that the 36-hole cut would not happen until after all golfers finished their second round on Saturday.
Good news for fans. By going on Saturday, you’ll be able to see the entire field—and the weather is supposed be sunny tomorrow.
As of Friday night, Justin Thomas and Adam Scott were tied for the lead at 10 under par. J.B. Holmes, who had a hole-in-one on the par-3 sixth (only the second ace of his career), was second at nine under.
Jordan Spieth shot a seven-under 64 in his first round and will start his second round at 8:22 a.m. He told reporters, “It was a tough day. I mean, 15-, 20-mile and hour winds at Riviera are no joke. To be bogey free was phenomenal.”
He planned to “lay low” the rest of Friday, because “I need to be prepared for 27-30 holes tomorrow and potentially another 27ish on Sunday.”
As of Friday night, the projected cut was -1, which is where Tiger Woods stands after a 70 his opening round and shooting even par for the first 12 holes on his second round.
He was asked if he was happy with his play Friday. “I hit well and putted awful,” he told the press. “Four three-putts is ridiculous.”
A reporter acknowledged that it was a lot of holes today and asked if this was the most that Woods has played in one day since his back surgery.
“It was a tough day. I’m stiff right now. It got pretty chilly towards the end,” he said.
If you’ve never been to a PGA tournament, take the day off, enjoy a drink, walk the course and watch some phenomenal athletes.