Patrick Cantlay and Tony Finau each shot a 5-under 66 to lead the Genesis Open by one stroke on Thursday.
Most eyes at Riviera were focused on Tiger Woods as he continues his comeback. Returning to play at the course in his hometown, Woods shot a 1-over 72.
“I’m not that far off to really putting some good numbers out there,” said Woods. “I’ve got to clean up my card; too many bogeys out there. I’m not really worried about 11 [the ball in the tree], but I made too many bogeys. If I can just clean that up, I can start making my way up the board.”
It’s Woods’ first time playing at Riviera since 2006. This is his third tournament since a spinal fusion surgery in April 2017.
The 25-year-old Cantlay, who grew up in Long Beach and played collegiately at UCLA, had just one bogey on the day.
Finau did likewise on his car, starting the back nine with four birdies in five holes.
There weren’t too many names in the top 10 after one round, excepting Bubba Watson who is tied fort sixth after shooting a 3-under 68. Watson is five days short of two years since his last victory. He won six tournaments between 2012 and 2016, including a pair of Masters titles.
Thirty-five players are at least 1 stroke under par, but none of them are named Tiger, Dustin, Justin or Jordan.
Defending champion Dustin Johnson is tied for 102nd after shooting a 3-over 74. Johnson had a series of bogey, triple bogey, bogey on the front nine.
Jordan Spieth is tied for 33rd after a even-par 71. He shot an even number of birdies and bogies on the round. Justin Thomas is tied for 15th with a 2-under 69.