McIlroy frustrated by added scrutiny of playing with Woods

McIlroy frustrated by added scrutiny of playing with Woods

Woods, who missed the cut, echoed McIlroy's comments, adding that distractions outside the ropes had "cost me a few tournaments here and there".

Woods showed plenty of good golf.

"I made really silly bogeys out there, in particular number seven", Woods said. 'He struggled a little more on Friday but he hit enough good shots to know that when he pieces it all together he's going to be right there.

He went through the back nine on equal par but picked up shots including a 31-foot for birdie on the par-3 6th.

Helping his final-day charge is Watson's PGA Tour conversion rate of just three from his past 10 leads after 54 holes. He bogeyed the 11th, 12th, 13th and 16th holes.

"I thought I could pump a drive down there at 11 and get to it with an iron and turn the tide around and play a good solid back nine", Woods said.

This is only the 17th time in his 23-year PGA Tour career as a professional and 18th time worldwide that Woods has failed to reach the weekend.

Patrick Cantlay fired five birdies in a two-under par 69 on Friday to seize the clubhouse lead at Riviera Country Club, where Tiger Woods was vying to make the halfway cut in the Genesis Open. He tied for 23rd in his first, last month's Farmers Insurance Open in La Jolla.

"I was going through a motivational spell a year ago, after I won (the US Tour's) Zurich Classic; I lost my drive a little but he's given me a lot of advice on resetting your goals".

Woods has committed to play next weeks Honda Classic in Florida, a sign of confidence in his health as he continues his comeback from back surgery.

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When Woods reminisced somewhere over America about first negotiating the course as an amateur in 1992, Thomas, a breakout star on the PGA Tour, noted that he was born a year later.

"It's so different playing tournament golf versus playing at home" with nothing at stake, he said.

Lahiri, who shot one-over in the opening round, was even par through 15 holes, when darkness stopped play at the Riviera.

"Like it's two shots a tournament he has to give because of all that that goes on around". "Give him a little bit of time".

But it's tiring. I need a couple of Advil.

McDowell, who shared the overnight lead with Cantlay, carded a one-under par 70.

McDowell's 5-under-par 66 matched Austin Cook for the low round of the day.

Four others are two behind - Americans Kevin Na and Tony Finau, Australia Cameron Smith and halfway leader Graeme McDowell.

Dustin Johnson played himself into contention with a round of 64, jumping 45 places up the leaderboard and into tied for eighth. It will be the first time Woods has played tournaments in consecutive weeks since 2015.