Tiger Woods talks return to Genesis Open: 'It's winning time'

14-time major champion Tiger Woods

After Ted Potter Jr.'s upset victory at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am last weekend, the PGA Tour moves south down the California coast to Riviera Country Club for the final week of the West Coast swing.

Four of the top-eight on the Official World Ranking will tee it up in this week's Genesis Open at Riviera CC in California, as will former World Number 1 Tiger Woods.

The 14-time major victor makes his second PGA Tour appearance since a spinal fusion operation in a star-studded field at Riviera Country Club - the venue where he made his tour debut as an amateur in 1992. But he never won and last played there in 2006.

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"I love the golf course, I love the layout, it fits my eye...and I play bad", continued Woods, now ranked 550th in the world.

"I listened", Thomas said.

". It's still one of the most classic golf courses you can ever find".

"Well, I'd eventually like to win tournaments". "I just need to get there".

McIlroy and his father Gerry played with Woods at Thanksgiving in November and the four-time Major victor from Holywood was so impressed he predicted, "This is a different Tiger". Indeed, with his first top-20 outcome since 2015 within reach at the Farmers Insurance Open, Woods had to settle for a share of 23rd place, thanks largely to drives that found only 17 of 56 fairways all week at Torrey Pines.

"I got a little frustrated that I didn't win because I felt like I should have", said the generally laid back Johnson. Because in a tournament setting, things are ramped up and I could feel some of the things were off and was able to work on them. The greens have gotten more pin locations than I remember; they've added a few sections around here.

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Woods then added, "It would be a great sign if I do play and a smart sign if I didn't play, " joking with reporters about his intentional ambiguity.

Another unique feature of Riviera Country Club's 92-year-old course is its abundance of Eucalyptus trees.

"I think now they're starting to see me as a competitor because I'm starting to come back again". Steele also has been very solid at Riviera over the years, having made the cut in each of his last six appearances. He's been under 10 percent owned in GPPs in two of the last three events and I'm expecting more of the same this week as he has no course history to make it easier for others to tout him. In addition to strong course history, Johnson is now toting great form as he's finished first or second in all three of his early-season starts.