Tiger Woods and His Bad Omen at Riviera

It was 1999. Tiger Woods was just fresh off a win from the Buick Invitational with a remarkable 22-under 266 and was on top of his game at the Los Angeles Open. However, a dropped shot on the final par-4 denied him a playoff chance and, as a result, forced him to be content with the runner-up position. Unfortunate? Yes. But little did he know that the T2 finish would be the closest he would get to a win at the Riviera Country Club.

 

 

 

Come 2024. Mr. T has achieved a record-breaking career with 110 professional wins, including 82 victories on the PGA Tour. Even then, a triumph at the California Club seems as elusive as catching a ghost for the golfer, seeing as to how he was forced to withdraw from the recent event as well.

 

Does Lady Misfortune await Tiger Woods at Riviera?

 

 

“I have traditionally not putted well here,” said the 48-year-old Woods ahead of the 2024 Genesis Invitational as he recounted his years of bad luck at the course. “I’ve driven it well here… my iron game has been pretty good,” added the athlete before pointing out, “but I have never really gotten hot with the putter at this course.” It seems lady luck has turned her eyes away from the professional at his hometown event.

 

His first appearance at the grounds came in 1992 when he made his debut on the men’s circuit as a 16-year-old amateur. The result? A missed cut stemmed from a six-stroke deficit at 72-75. Following this, the golfing legend has played at the course a total of 14 times over his career, excluding his debut. However, he has only carded a total of three top-10 finishes along with eight top-25 placements, the former of which came in the years 1999, 2003, and 2004 at T2, T5, and T7, respectively.

 

 

Gideon Canice

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