Tiger Woods’ ball ends up in fan’s jacket as the golfer enjoys resurgent round at Genesis Invitational
It was an impressive and eventful third round from Tiger Woods at the Genesis Invitational, one that saw his first eagle in three years – and one that ended in a spectator’s jacket.
It was Woods’ shot on the 13th hole at the Riviera Country Club that veered right and somehow ended up in a fan’s jacket.
“Suddenly he hit, and nobody knows where he went,” the fan later told the PGA Tour. “I looked and I had a bump in my pocket. You know my coat that I had wrapped around me… and I took it off and a ball fell off and it was his.”
After Woods dropped a free ball, he saved par. He had previously hit an eagle on his first hole, his first since the 2020 Genesis Invitational.
He finished the round with an impressive four-under 67, shooting three birdies and an eagle for his best round of the week and third-lowest score of the day.
Woods was asked if his performance was the best since winning the Masters in 2019: “Yes, yes, it is. It’s the best I’ve played,” Woods told reporters.
A second-round 74 meant that Woods had barely made the cut to compete in the final two rounds of a tournament, marking the first time since last year’s PGA Championship where he withdrew before the final round.
After suffering a serious leg injury in a car accident two years ago, Woods has made sporadic competitive appearances as he struggles with a grueling recovery process.
His participation in the Genesis Invitational this week marks his first official tournament start since The Open Championship in July and his first non-major PGA Tour event since the ZOZO Championship in October 2020.
“It’s just a matter of whether I can get from point A to point B,” Woods said Saturday, according to the PGA Tour. “That has been the battle part of it. I can hit shots, I can hit balls on the range, I can chip, I can put. Getting from point A to point B was the biggest challenge.”
“We will go ahead and reassess everything and see where we stand, see how I recover from a full tournament,” added Woods. “I haven’t done this in a while. Last time I did it was at The Open Championship so it’s been a while. Hopefully the body is still feeling good sometime next week. From now on, the recovery time will be fun.
The 15-time big winner is three under par for the tournament, 12 shots off leader Jon Rahm who is 15 under. The 47-year-old will tee off in the final round at 11:16 a.m. ET on Sunday.
He’s had a controversial week in California. After his second round, he said he was sorry “if I offended anyone” after being criticized for giving fellow golfer Justin Thomas a tampon during the first round.
“It was supposed to be all fun and games and obviously it wasn’t,” Woods told reporters.