Ernie Els

Tiger Woods doesn't have a great history at Riviera

In the days after playing the PGA Tour for the first time in a year because of a fourth back surgery, Tiger Woods reported feeling sore.

"My feet," he said. "I'm not used to walking."

The next step starts Thursday when Woods returns to Riviera Country Club for the first time in 12 years.

The fusion surgery on his lower back appears to have been such a success that Woods is swinging freely and hitting it long. Competitive rust remains an issue, though he raised plenty of hopes when he tied for 23rd three weeks ago at Torrey Pines, sore feet and all.

Woods made his PGA Tour debut at age 16 at Riviera when he received a sponsor's exemption....

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