Latest Golf News (Week 3 February 2018)

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A Third Genesis Open Title may be on the cards for Bubba Watson

This year’s Genesis Open saw Bubba Watson put himself on track for what could be his third Genesis Open title, and first one in the past two years. Watson had won the Genesis Open in 2014 and 2016, after which his game took a dip, making the 2016 win the last of his PGA Tour successes. This resulted in him slipping down to 117th in the world rankings and 75th in the FedExCup rankings.However, Watson’s game on Saturday at Riviera Country Club has landed him into the 54-hole lead at this year’s Genesis Open.  Bubba’s eagle at the first round set his game off to a great start, with him scoring a six-under 65, bringing him to the front on 10-under. Following a steady run of pars with a brilliant birdie at the short sixth, Watson then sealed his lead in the game with three more birdies over the four subsequent holes. The 15th hole saw his only bogey of the day, from which he recovered by a skilful up-and-down shot at the 17th and a cast-iron par on the 18th.

Joost Luiten Resurfaces with a Victory

Dutchman Joost Luitenmade a comeback with his victory over close friend Chris Wood at the 218 NBO Oman Open. Luiten’s last win was in his homeland at the 2016 KLM Open. Winning the Open on Sunday breaks his title draught that lasted nearly 17months. The 32-year-old started off Sunday’s game at the Greg Norman designed Al-Mouj course with three birdies in the first four holes, followed by a setback of two bogeys in the seventh and eighth. He recovered by making three birdies on the back nine, which included a 30-foot putt on the 16th. Luiten shot a 4-under 68, landing up on 16-under 272, two shots ahead of his Englishman friend, Wood. Julien Guerrier from France attained the third place at the Open with a 13-under 275. The victory at Oman Open secured Joost Luiten’s start at the WGC-Mexico Championship and a rank among the top 10 in the Race to Dubai.

Tiger Woods misses cut at the Genesis Open

79-time PGA Tour Winner Tiger Woods had a tough day at the Genesis Open where he could hit just four out of fourteen fairways. His five-over 76 led him in failing to make the cut at the Genesis Open. This is the second PGA Tour event that the 42-year-old is participating in, after a long break due to his back injury. The Genesis Open saw Woods hitting three birdies and four bogeys, leaving him six over-four shots outside the projected cut. The 14-time major winner will be playing next week at Honda Classic in Florida.