Genesis Open: Co-leader Patrick Cantlay proving he's a star at Riviera

  • Genesis Open: Co-leader Patrick Cantlay proving he's a star at Riviera

Genesis Open: Co-leader Patrick Cantlay proving he's a star at Riviera

A struggling Tiger Woods failed to make the cut at the Genesis Open in California on Friday as he had eight bogeys in a round of five-over-par 76.

Woods' lack of success at the Genesis, where he served as tournament host this week for the second straight year, is perplexing.

"All I thought about was the bad golfers in the world when they stand on the tee and they see water to the right".

But he got little reward for some great ball-striking and apart from the 27-footer he drained for an eagle three at his 10th hole to get back to level-par, the longest putts he holed were a couple of four-footers for par.

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"I was 1 under early — first hole — and all of a sudden I went double bogey-bogey", Woods said.

Ryan Moore sits one shot behind in fourth after scoring 68 for the second day in a row, while Americans Tony Finau and Scott Stallings are on five-under and tied for fifth, with Stallings due to play the final two holes of his second round tomorrow. "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. This big tank is about to hit me". That's been nice, something I haven't done in years.

Genesis Open: Co-leader Patrick Cantlay proving he's a star at Riviera

And unlike Torrey Pines, where an incredible short game saved him, it just wasn't as solid at Riviera, where he saved par from off the green only 10 of 20 times. Johnson moved into first in the Official World Golf Ranking with last year's victory at Riviera and has kept that position ever since.

The annual South Florida PGA Tour stop may be just a short drive from the Woods compound, but his commitment to play PGA National is very much a reason for optimism. "It was not very good from the middle of the fairway".

Defending champion Dustin Johnson was among those playing in the afternoon, and he already was in a hole. "I got off to a rough start (Thursday), but I knew I had a lot of golf left and this golf course is tough".

But he powered up the leaderboard with a bogey-free seven-under-par 64, his six-under total of 204 putting him four shots off the lead held by Bubba Watson.

"I need to string some numbers together, get in the mix a little bit on the weekend, start believing in myself a little bit", McDowell said.

Graeme McDowell feels it's only a matter of time before he wins again on the PGA Tour. "You can't go practice having the belief, you know?"