Geoff Ogilvy

A slow start and decent score for Tiger's return to Riviera

Three holes into his return to Riviera after a 12-year absence, Tiger Woods was 2-over par and bracing for the worst.

It turned out to be another step forward.

Woods overcame a drive that apparently never came down from a eucalyptus tree, another tee shot that wound up on another hole and few careless mistakes with the irons to post a 1-over 72 in the opening round Thursday at the Genesis Open.

Riviera was at its best under full sunshine and greens that felt firm under the feet even in the morning. No one shot better than 67 from the early side of the draw.

"I hung in there well and grinded," Woods said.

He had little choice. Starting on the...