Rory McIlroy provides fascinating insight into Tiger-mania


"They're friends of mine and it's nice to go out there and play with friends", Woods said. "I missed every tee shot left and I did not putt well, didn't feel very good on the greens and consequently never made a run". All three opened with birdies at the 10th. He withdrew after 13 holes of the final round with back spasms.

Moore opened his round with an eagle on the par-5 first hole and a birdie on the par-4 second.

Play was suspended on the second round due to bad light, with American Sam Saunders tied for the lead through 15 on seven-under.

Former US Open victor McDowell has just one top-10 finish worldwide in the past 18 months.

Missing the cut at Riviera will offer him extra time to recover from soreness and to prepare for the Honda Classic, which is near his current residence in South Florida.

Woods said he plans to remain at Riviera over the weekend to work on his game. "I made a lot of birdies, I also made a lot of bogeys".

Although Woods is now out of proceedings, Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell holds a joint-lead going into the weekend's action. He shot 5-over 76 and missed the cut in the Genesis Open at Los Angeles.

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Like three weeks ago at Torrey Pines, when an idiot yelling "Get in the hole" while Woods was putting likely produced a missed birdie putt.

But in the bigger picture, the most promising news on Friday relating to this rendition of the Tiger Woods comeback trail is that he feels good enough to play two consecutive weeks.

Twenty-six years on from making his Tour debut as an amateur at this event, Woods carded a 1-over 72 Thursday after displaying some all-too familiar fallibility off the tee. "The more tournaments I play in, the more I'll be able to get a better understanding of that". "My wedge game is fine, but my normal irons shots that I've always had dialed in for much of my career, it's just not there". 'Nothing insane, I didn't make a bunch of putts or anything, just kept hitting it to the safe side of the hole and rolling it down there with good pace, and a couple fell at the end.

"I need to miss the golf ball below the hole - when the greens get this fast and this bumpy, anything above the hole is virtually luck if you make the putt".

With well-hydrated fans still screaming his name from various corners of the Riviera Country Club clubhouse, McIlroy told reporters that the buzzing galleries ultimately have a negative impact on Woods' score.

After getting an up-close-and-personal look at the organized chaos that follows Tiger Woods around a golf course, Rory McIlroy believes the 14-time major champ may be playing at a disadvantage these days.