Genesis Open Recap: Woods, Holmes Put on a Show
Genesis Open Recap: Woods, Holmes Put on a Show

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With apologies to J.B. Holmes, who gallantly endured a grueling marathon Sunday to capture the Genesis Open, the highlight of the week at Riviera came the day before. In truth, it was more than a highlight. It will go down as one of the most memorable stretches of golf in the 93-year history of this venerable PGA Tour stop.

Naturally, it involved Tiger Woods.

The weather-battered tournament was plagued by a rain-filled Thursday and a howling wind on Sunday. But in between, late on a long Saturday, there was a relative calm over the course, at least until Woods began his third round at 3:40 p.m. local time.

Beginning on Riviera's iconic 10th hole, Woods banged in a five-footer for birdie, rewarding a gallery that was still many-people-deep some nine hours into the day's action. He was just getting started.

Then came the long par-5 11th, and Woods followed a 321-drive with 250-yard laser of a 5-wood to six feet. He sank the eagle putt, and the roar cascading across the grounds, not to mention Twitter, was unmistakable.

On the par-12th, Woods rolled in a 21-footer for birdie … and another eruption.

Finally, Woods sank a 14-footer on No. 13 and Riviera was in a full-fledged frenzy.

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Len Hochberg
Hochberg covers golf for RotoWire. A veteran sports journalist, he contributes to Sports on Earth and was an editor and reporter at The Washington Post for many years.
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