Genesis Open: Updates from Tiger Woods' Round 1 at Riviera

Woods aims to reverse Riviera fortunes

A freaky tee shot on the reachable par-5 11th which disappeared into a eucalypt tree forced Woods to re-tee and card a double-bogey 7 before dropping another shot on the next hole.

Woods was five shots off the clubhouse lead held by Tom Hoge when his round ended.

That haunting double bogey (on a par 5, no less) was immediately followed by another wild driver right at No. 12 that led to a bogey and a quick drop to 2 over. He doesn't quite understand how the world ranking works, only that his name has been on top every week for the past year. Woods said after the Farmers Insurance Open that he feels uncomfortable going super low. "Today, I just played good golf". "I know there's a lot of parallels there". That set up a wedge that he hit pin high 14 feet right of the hole, and he made the putt for birdie.

Tiger Woods had a mixed first round in the Pacific Palisades neighbourhood of Los Angeles on Thursday. Indeed, it unluckily stayed up there in the gumbos, and as Woods could not identify it among the branches, he was forced to go back to the tee-box.

"He was unlucky that ball was stuck up the tree on 11, that should never happen", McIlroy said.

The saves could only keep up for so long, and Woods made bogey at No. 5 and another at the seventh when his nine-footer cruelly horseshoed out.

Woods was one shot further back posting a 72 and with McIlroy now four up on Woods in the last four rounds they have contested alongside each other. He still managed par.

Two more birdies and a bogey saw him make the turn at one-over, and he was even for the day after a birdie at the first.

"It worked out really well; I hit it really good hopefully I won't have any more for a while".

"It's now three-quarters [of a] degree more loft than what I used at Torrey, but it's spinning the correct amount now", he said. "And for some reason, I just didn't play well".

One of the most anticipated performances of the first round was Tiger Woods who finished 1-over-par. Sky Sports Golf is also live streaming the entire tour for people to enjoy it on their television.

He was teeing off on the par-3 fourth when he looked down the hill at Woods playing the 18th.

"I thought tee to green I hit the ball very solid", said Cantlay, who finished 29th on the FedExCup standings last season as a rookie after being limited to six tournaments over the previous three seasons because of lingering back issues.

"We're all competing, we're all trying to post good numbers".

Crowd favourite Phil Mickelson had a typically eventful round, mixing four birdies and three bogeys in a 71, rolling a birdie chance around the cup which inexplicably remained on the edge, despite half the ball appearing to be below the lip of the hole.

Ko, playing in one of the final afternoon groups at Kooyanga, in Adelaide, Australia, carded a 7-under-par 65 to move past second-place Jiyai Shin, a fellow South Korean.