TIL Desk Sports/ Tiger Woods’s hopes of a record-setting 83rd US PGA Tour victory at the Genesis Invitational dwindled Friday with a disappointing two-over par 73 at Riviera Country Club.
Already five off the pace to start the day, Woods finished the second round at even par 142 for 36 holes and seven behind clubhouse leader Harold Varner, who carded a 68 for a seven-under total of 135.
Australian Adam Scott, South Korean Kang Sung and American Vaughn Taylor were in the clubhouse on six-under. Scott had seven birdies in his seven-under 64, while Kang and Taylor both posted four-under 67s.
“I’m so far back right now, virtually, about 50 guys ahead of me, 40 guys ahead of me,” Woods said. “I’m going to have to make some birdies this weekend.” A double-bogey and three bogeys out-weighed the three birdies on Woods’s scorecard, and the 15-time major champion was especially disappointed to surrender three shots at two holes in which he was playing into the green with a wedge.
“I made some bad mistakes out there,” Woods said. “I had a wedge in my hand at 15 and made double there, sand wedge on three and made bogey there.