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Tiger Woods talks return to Genesis Open: 'It's winning time'

15 February 2018

While it is unlikely it would happen this week - just given Woods' poor record at Riviera - it just might. That's precisely what Tiger Woods did from the third round of the 2000 GTE Byron Nelson Classic through the first round of the 2001 Phoenix Open. As for this course, Johnson is the defending champion with a -17 to par previous year, and he's finished no worse than fourth in each of his last four appearances at the Riviera Country Club.

Woods, of course, changed golf forever with his focus on weight training, as he hit the weight room as hard as athletes in more physical sports than golf normally do. I love the layout. That seems unlikely, which means when the chips are down on Friday afternoon, I'm guessing Woods makes the call and says he's playing at PGA National next weekend. But also I don't wan't to play too much. "It was a lot of fun and kind of put it on cruise control the last nine holes just to get it in the house".

It's an iconic golf course, and I don't use that word lightly. "But mainly I just tried to clean up my swing", he said.

At the Presidents Cup, he said he didn't know if he would play again. He has two wins and seven top-10s at Riviera.

Those lack of recent visits and his hot current play suggest Mickelson will be chomping at the bit to get started there again. It's the first time he's played the event since 2006, and he's coming off a strong T23 debut at the Farmers Insurance Open.

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And it's a trait Woods hasn't lost, despite not having won on the PGA Tour since 2013, as he battled various back injuries.

The dynamics are different now.

Justin Thomas hasn't produced his best stuff consistently this season despite flashes of brilliance and course form of 39-54-41 suggests there will be better opportunities down the line to play him.

Over a five-month period from March 8-11, 1945, to August, 2-4, 1945, Lord Byron Nelson won an eye-popping 11 consecutive events. He is No. 550 in the world. His speed and power are back. I think it would be a smart sign if I didn't play.

Woods is aware that he will not be in contention for victory at the Genesis Open in the Riviera Country Club come Sunday (18 February) but is using the tournament to build fitness and get back to his best for the rest of the campaign. I was just a person they could bounce ideas off. Starting with the World Golf Championship at Firestone in August 1999 through The Players Championship in 2000, Woods played 11 times on the PGA Tour.

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Johnson said he was excited to get back to Augusta but first things first. In fact, he said the only part of his body that hurt after playing Torrey Pines was his feet. The Valspar Championship and Arnold Palmer Invitational, where he is an eight-times victor, come next. He is 0 for 10 at Riviera, which includes appearances as an amateur in 1992 and 1993. World number one and defending champion Dustin Johnson will play with two-time Masters victor Bubba Watson and Adam Scott, while Race to Dubai champion Tommy Fleetwood has the distinguished American pairing of Phil Mickelson and Matt Kuchar for company. He finished T34 here last year and was 16 the year before. So, the more tournaments he plays, the higher his and everyone else's expectations will elevate. Lanny Wadkins holds the 72-hole record of 264, set in 1985. Johnson finished at 267.

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Johnson can struggle with numbers on occasion.

Remarkably, Woods is also second on the list of consecutive weeks at world No. 1.

Jordan Spieth will be looking to re-find his putting touch - he's now 193 on the strokes gained putting stats on the PGA Tour.

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That's what Woods would like eventually. They will be right in front of Johnson, Adam Scott and Bubba Watson, all of whom have trophies from Riviera.

Tiger Woods talks return to Genesis Open: 'It's winning time'