Woods misses cut at Riviera after eight bogeys

Woods misses cut at Riviera after eight bogeys”

He joined Lloyd Mangrum and Ben Hogan as three-time winners at Riviera.

McDowell, who shared the overnight lead with Cantlay, carded a one-under par 70.

Woods' eight bogeys included three in a row on the back nine as he battled to a five-over par 76.

Of the other Australians, Adam Scott has improved to one over the card while playing his back nine and the 2005 victor is five shots ahead of countryman Greg Chalmers (six over).

Kevin Na and Tony Finau ended the week tied second with Scott Stallings and Patrick Cantlay in tied fourth.

Phil Mickelson enjoyed another good week and had a chance to win. He was within one shot of the lead when he hit a 4-iron from a deep bunker on the 15th hole to just right of the green. But he dropped a couple of shots after that and finished in a tie for sixth.

It's been a pedestrian start to the season for Baddeley whose only top-10 in nine events prior to this week came in Las Vegas last November.

Watson can now aim for a third Green Jacket during April's Masters at Augusta National, and reflect on a successful career so far.

More incredible was the fact that the ball went in at all given how Watson's bunker play had been pretty awful thus far in 2017-'18.

"So from that downfall of the letdown of not making the team and then to get sick, to lose all this weight, family drama of my son starting school, my wife having surgery, five screws and a small plate in her leg, just all these things added in, never knowing if you're going to make it again - you don't know", he continued. "He said, 'how do you putt?' I said, 'I don't know.' He said, 'well, aim it to the right when it breaks to the left, aim it to the left when it breaks to the right, ' exactly how you imagine your golf ball in the fairway or off the tee, however you imagine it, imagine it that way". He left at No. 40, sending him to Mexico City for a World Golf Championship in two weeks, and keeping him in the top 64 to play in the Dell Technologies Match Play three weeks after Mexico. It was a magnificent back-nine performance on a Riviera layout that took its toll on most of the contenders.

His big moment came on the 14th. "You can't", said Watson's caddie Ted Scott. Johnson made a triple bogey on that hole in the opening round.

Watson will play in the final group Sunday with Cantlay and Smith, the first time he will be playing in a final group since the 2016 Northern Trust Open.

It was always going to be a tough proposition in the second tournament of his latest comeback bid - three weeks after he finished tied for 23rd at Torrey Pines.

MUSCAT, Oman (AP) — Joost Luiten of the Netherlands won the inaugural Oman Open on Sunday for his first victory in almost 17 months. Na posted a 67, Finau a 68 and Smith climbed up the leaderboard with a bogey-free six-under par 65.

Ko began with birdies at the first and second holes, then stumbled with bogeys on the par-3 third and seventh holes.

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