Some may think there was a higher force at work when Tiger Woods walked down the primary opening at Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles Thursday.
Near where b-ball incredible Kobe Bryant kicked the bucket in a helicopter crash a month ago, Woods bubbled his second shot into the green to leave a bird putt of 24 feet eight inches.
Astoundingly, those are the two pullover numbers worn by Bryant during his sparkling 20-year profession with the LA Lakers.
Obviously, Woods made the putt.
“It’s unexpected, isn’t it?” Woods told the Golf Channel a while later. “I didn’t think about the putt being that long.”
In a singing beginning, the previous world No.1 additionally birdied the fifth and the standard four eighth gap, where the banner and signage were in the yellow and purple uniform of the Lakers.
Some #MambaMentality motivation this week at Riviera. 👊
It’s additionally where Woods imitated a b-ball shot as he hurled his ball back to assist Joe LaCava.
A few different players additionally paid tribute to Bryant during the first round of the Genesis Invitational.
World No.1 Rory McIlroy wore a lot of Lakers headcovers on his woods with the numbers 24 and 8 and the words “Mamba mindset” in a gesture to Bryant’s moniker “Dark Mamba.”
Creeks Koepka, who McIlroy surpassed at the highest point of the standings, likewise had Lakers headcovers, while Justin Thomas wore a couple of hand crafted golf shoes in Lakers hues bearing Bryant’s picture.
“Regardless of what we do, I think for some time we’re going to consistently recall Kobe and what he implied, particularly here in SoCal and the whole games world,” Woods included.
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Woods is pursuing a record 83rd PGA Tour win to outperform the imprint he imparts to kinsman Sam Snead.
His birdie at the eighth took him to four under as he went out in 31, however the 44-year-old was wayward off the tee on the back nine and returned home in 38 to end with a two-under 69 to trail pioneer Matt Kuchar by five shots.
Woods made his PGA Tour debut at Riviera as a 16-year-old novice in 1992 however has never succeeded at the Pacific Palisades scene.
He is developing to a protection of his Masters title and a potential sixteenth significant title at Augusta from April 9-12.