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Genesis Invitational
, The Canadian Press

LOS ANGELES – Tiger Woods arrived on the Riviera on Saturday so that the Genesis Invitational could be delayed by strong winds

Woods, the tournament host, is not playing this year as he is recovering from a fifth back operation. He spent most of the late morning with Dustin Johnson, Xander Schauffele, and other players who had time

The wind was blowing up to 35 mph, strong enough in conditions so dry that golf balls would not stay on the green and then a communication device was installed near the 14th The tee shot fell, and the officials stopped the game

It should resume after a delay of a little over three hours.But when the players warmed up, the game was aborted again

Sam Burns, who had a lead of five strokes in the third round, was ready over his first tee when the horn rang to suspend the round

Keegan Bradley had a 40-foot birdie putt over the 10th Green to a right pin position The wind pushed the ball further over the cup to the edge of the green and down a slope between two bunkers He made a double bogey

Max Homa hit 5-irons from 222 yards in the fairway on the par-5 opening hole.It was a smart shot into the center of the green, and the wind and slope pushed it closer and closer to the hole until the score was 10 Homa paused an inch away, tapping the eagle to get 8 under par, four shots off the lead just before the horn rang

Delayed weather is not uncommon in the Gulf, except when the sky is bright blue and visibility is good enough to easily see the Pacific through gaps in the eucalyptus trees

“We had some balls on the putting greens to deal with by the rules,” said Steve Rintoul, tournament director for the PGA Tour this week. “Ultimately, however, I think we are getting into a player safety situation are The safety of our volunteers and everyone else on the golf course was our main reason to turn things off ”

Two years ago the rain forced the last groups to play 34 holes on Sunday, so finishing the tournament shouldn’t be a problem

Johnson, who was five shots behind Burns, had a 15-foot eagle putt when play was stopped Jordan Spieth, who was in the competition for the third week in a row, opened with a birdie and was five shots back / p>

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World News – CA – Genesis Invitational delayed by strong wind – TSNca

Source: https://www.tsn.ca/wind-wreaks-havoc-at-riviera-delays-genesis-invitational-1.1596148