Tiger Woods shoots 69 at Riviera, gives Kobe Bryant tribute

Tournament host Tiger Woods was asked to assess his form after finishing 22 strokes behind winner Adam Scott and last of the 68 players who made the cut at Riviera on Sunda

The Riviera Country Club is located approximately 15 miles from the Staples Center, which was Bryant's home court during his 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Northern Ireland's four-time major victor McIlroy carded a three-under par 68 for his third round in Los Angeles.

Americans Russell Henley and Harold Varner are just one shot behind the leaders on nine under, while former world number one Dustin Johnson is well in contention on eight under alongside USA compatriot Joel Dahmen.

Riviera is a thorough test, and the greens are hard enough that no one could run away with it. Tiger Woods managed to run the other direction with a 76 that left him 15 shots behind.

Kuchar started the day with a two-shot lead and maintained his cushion with three birdies through 11 holes. But he started to miss short putts, made three bogeys in a four-hole stretch and had to rally with a birdie on the 17th to regain a share of the lead with a 70.

Scott will be relying on his history at Riviera, where he has a win and two second-place finishes.

The Aussie veteran is coming off an eight-week break, but said at this stage of his career he's not too anxious about rust. "Just kept telling myself to stay patient and I felt like my patience was rewarded with the two birdies on the eighth and the ninth hole".

"I didn't putt well at all, " Woods said.

Riviera's challenge is slightly different this year thanks to the warm, dry weather in what is usually Southern California's rainy season.

"If not, then someone just played better than you and hats off to them, you fly to Mexico [WGC-Mexico Championship] and tee it up again next week and you try again".

Woods stepped up to the tee on No. 8 at 3-under par.

"I got off to a nice start on the front nine and just didn't hit many good shots on the back nine", the 15-time major champion said after hitting just one of seven fairways on the back nine. "I didn't make that many (because) I was on the wrong side of the hole all day, putting defensively", he said, his mood helped by his delicate up-and-down from greenside rough at the last.

Woods is one of several golfers in this week's field paying tribute to Bryant. I was just off.

Woods also made birdie there, after another on the fifth, but that was to be his last of the round.

After a first-round 69, Woods has struggled to get much going. "I couldn't feel my pace an I was just off". It was the fourth eagle of his career at Riviera.



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