American shoots bogey-free 7-under 64 to surge in front at Genesis Invitational; Tiger Woods fades to 69 after eagle on 1st hole
7: Number of strokes under par for American Matt Kuchar, who shot a bogey-free 64 on Thursday to open a three-stroke lead at the PGA Tour’s Genesis Invitational in Pacific Palisades, Calif. Starting on the back nine at Riviera Country Club, Kuchar birdied three of his first four holes, with no putt longer than 11 feet. Kuchar, 41, a nine-time winner on Tour, won last month at the Sony Open in Hawaii. Americans Wyndham Clark, Russell Henley, Adam Schenk and Harold Varner III shared second with South Korea's Kyoung-Hoon Lee at 67. Rory McIlroy, who is No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking, was among 10 players tied at 68. Tournament host Tiger Woods sank a 24-foot, 8-inch putt for eagle on the par-5 No. 1 hole and made the turn at 4-under 31, but he was unable to maintain the momentum and finished at 2-under 69. Woods, who is tied with the late Sam Snead for the most victories in PGA Tour history, at 82, is seeking to set the record on the course where he made his Tour debut as a 16-year-old amateur in 1992. The tournament, which benefits Woods’ TGR Foundation, features nine of the top-10-ranked players in the world (scores).