Tiger Woods set to play at Honda Classic

  • Tiger Woods set to play at Honda Classic

Tiger Woods set to play at Honda Classic

Tiger Woods has missed the cut at Riveira for the first time in nine appearances as a pro.

"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".

The Antrim man hit three birdies and two bogeys, bouncing back to pick up a shot on the par-five 17th after bogeying the 16th.

Britain's Graeme McDowell and Patrick Cantlay of the U.S. shared the clubhouse lead at seven-under 135.

Dating all the way back to 1942, the tournament went through an eight-year stretch that saw Ben Hogan win three times, Sam Snead win twice and Byron Nelson win once.

Only Hogan and Mangrum won three times at this iconic layout, where birdies can be scarce and bogeys come from everywhere.

Woods will remain at Riviera for the weekend, but only because his TGR Foundation hosts the event.

23-26, will be played for the 12 year at PGA National, a short drive from Woods' home at Jupiter Island.

It was his first victory since he won at Riviera two years ago, rising to No. 4 in the world. Cantlay's tee shot settled 62 feet from the hole on the left side of the green, a troublesome spot considering there was a bunker in the middle of the green that completely blocked his path. Hyejin Choi (67) pulled within one shot at the turn, but Ko made birdie on No. 9 and pulled away with two more birdies to win by three shots over Choi.

Tony Finau, who shared the 18-hole lead with Cantlay, recovered from a sluggish front nine with a 3-3 start to the back nine that helped him salvage a 71.

"I've just got to play more tournaments", said Woods who was competing in his second PGA Tour event after a lengthy absence with a back injury. I have to go back and work on it.

"I'm really excited to be going into the weekend of the tournament on the business end of things", McDowell told the Golf Channel.

"I think everyone just has to be patient with him - especially him being patient with it - and just give him time", McIlroy added. Woods did not look out of place alongside McIlroy and the USPGA champion Justin Thomas, but simply a golfer in search of rhythm.

"I'm very pleased. I'm very excited about it", Woods said as darkness settled Friday over Riviera Country Club.

'Give him a little bit of time, ' he said.

With the afternoon starters on the course, the projected cut line was one-over. What helped was seeing some good scores.

That would see world number one and defending champion Dustin Johnson make it on the number. He was at 1-over 143.