Refreshed Tiger Woods takes on Riviera in golf buildup to Augusta

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There were only five tournaments set in stone on Tiger Woods’ schedule when he arrived in The Bahamas for December’s Hero World Challenge.

Tasked with playing enough to stay sharp and peak at the right times while not overdoing it, Woods still was trying to navigate his new compact order of events, in which he might play as few as 15 or 16 events. He played 18 official events last year.

Four majors were a given. The only other sure thing at that time?

This week’s Genesis Open at Riviera Country Club, where in 1992 Woods made his first PGA Tour start as a 16-year-old amateur.

Fourteen major victories and 80 Tour titles later, Woods is the tournament host and returned to Riviera last year for his first appearance since 2006. No one could have predicted a missed cut in 2018 would create a domino effect that helped set the stage for his epic comeback season culminating with a win at East Lake in the Tour…

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