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

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

Woods was a fresh-faced 16-year-old back in 1992 at Riviera Country Club when he made his first PGA Tour start in the event - then called the Nissan Los Angeles Open - where he tested himself against the world's best for the first time.

Tiger Woods (40/1), the 14-time major champion, will make his second start of the season this week. Last year, Dustin Johnson cruised to a five-stroke victory; after a T2 in last week's AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, it would be no surprise to see him in contention again.

He went on to pile up 79 United States tour titles and 14 major championships, but in 10 appearances at Riviera his best finish was second place in 1998, which he followed with a tie for second in 1999. Since the beginning of his PGA Tour career in 2008, it's been his personal ATM.

It was two years ago, when he got off to a slow start his second year on tour, that he cashed in on an offer from Jack Nicklaus to call if he ever needed anything.

Justin Thomas and Rory McIlroy are the others in the top-eight teeing it up at Riviera. However, he played this event two years ago and opened 67-69-67 before slumping to a closing 70 to finish T20.

The 14-time major victor is set to tee off at the Genesis Open this Thursday, with the likes of Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth in tow. Thomas relayed to Woods that was year before he was born.

The Scot is teeing it up at Riviera for the ninth year running and his performances are getting better and better.

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He has a history of playing well at the famous George Thomas track, with a 4 in 2016, 2 in 2015 and 2014 and the victory past year.

Thomas Pieters: An outside chance this week.

Riviera became known as "Hogan's Alley" as the Texan won here three times in the late 1940s.

Thomas is fourth in the world rankings after winning five events a year ago.

Dustin Johnson fired a superb 64 in round three to move five clear of the pack. But also I don't wan't to play too much. There should be sunshine throughout. Back him at the Genesis Open 2018 with confidence.

Why not buy a Now TV pass? Potter Jr. looks more like the guy you'd find at the 19th hole of your local public golf course, than a guy who just clinched a trip to the Masters while staring down the number one golfer in the world all day. In three events this year, Johnson has finished in the top 10 of all three including a win and a runner-up finish. The stats show that he's finished second and first in Scrambling for the last two weeks.

Phil Mickelson - He's showing solid form and he loves Riviera having won here twice before. His 54.34 driving accuracy percentage ranks just 181st on the PGA Tour, and he's also outside the top 100 in holes per eagle (163rd), birdie average (143rd), and sand save percentage (177th). In fact, he said the only part of his body that hurt after playing Torrey Pines was his feet. He could step up a level with a win this week. "This is just a golf course that you get excited to go and play".

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