In fact, Woods made the putt.
“It is ironic, is not it?” Woods instructed the Golfing Channel afterwards. “I did not know in regards to the putt being that lengthy.”
In a sizzling get started, the previous international No.1 additionally birdied the 5th and the par-four 8th hollow, the place the flag and signage have been within the yellow and pink livery of the Lakers.
Additionally it is the place Woods mimicked a basketball shot as he tossed his ball again to caddie Joe LaCava.
A number of different avid gamers additionally paid tribute to Bryant right through the primary spherical of the Genesis Invitational.
International No.1 Rory McIlroy sported a suite of Lakers headcovers on his woods with the numbers 24 and eight and the phrases “Mamba mentality” in a nod to Bryant’s nickname “Black Mamba.”
Brooks Koepka, who McIlroy overtook on the most sensible of the standings, additionally had Lakers headcovers, whilst Justin Thomas wore a couple of customized golfing sneakers in Lakers colours bearing Bryant’s symbol.
“It doesn’t matter what we do, I believe for some time we are going to all the time take into account Kobe and what he supposed, particularly right here in SoCal and all of the sports activities international,” Woods added.
Woods is chasing a file 83rd PGA Excursion win to surpass the mark he stocks with countryman Sam Snead.
His birdie on the 8th took him to 4 below as he went out in 31, however the 44-year-old was once wayward off the tee at the again 9 and got here house in 38 to finish with a two-under 69 to path chief Matt Kuchar through 5 photographs.
Woods made his PGA Excursion debut at Riviera as a 16-year-old novice in 1992 however hasn’t ever received on the Pacific Palisades venue.
He’s construction as much as a protection of his Masters identify and a possible 16th primary identify at Augusta from April Nine-12.