Watson grabs one-shot lead at Riviera

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Play was suspended on the second round due to bad light, with American Sam Saunders tied for the lead through 15 on seven-under.

The four-time major victor said he needed "a couple of Advil" after completing the second round of the Genesis Open, and added that he sympathised with playing partner Tiger Woods who has had to deal with noisy distractions throughout his career. Playing at the Riviera for the first time in 12 years, totalled six-over 148 and exited.

He was once again plagued by the wild miss off the tee, hitting just 13 of 28 fairways for two days with a tee ball that offended equally, sailing right four times and left seven.

Johnson did not drop a shot, holing an eagle and five birdies to climb 45 positions heading into the final round. "When people are now starting to time it wrong and get in people's swings it's just completely unacceptable, really".

Cantlay pulled his tee shot to the left side of the green, with the pin on the other side of the bunker. Thomas had five birdies in a two-under 69.

The Victorian native chipped in for birdie at the par-4 18th to give himself a chance at a second victory at Riviera to go with his 2011 title.

His best work came on No. 6, the par 3 with the bunker in the middle. Those disappointments set him back to even for the day and one-over for the tournament.

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Woods played the front nine in 2-over-par, including bogeys on the fourth, sixth, seventh and ninth holes and birdies on the third and fifth. He shot 5-over 76 and was projected to miss the cut, which was likely at 2-over.

According to the four-time Major victor McIlroy however, such attention was a crucial factor in Woods missing the cut for the weekend's action. He needed 32 putts.

"I'm really motivated to have a good finish and get myself in the WGC, so I'll need a big weekend but I'm playing well and definitely capable of pulling it off", Smith said.

"The feeling of not feeling very good over my putts finally caught up with me", Woods said.

Tiger Woods returned to Riviera Country Club with a roller coaster round of 72 on Thursday that left him six shots off the Genesis Open first-round lead shared by Patrick Cantlay and Tony Finau. But I've dealt with it for a very long time. "The greens were fast and bumpy, and I knew that", Woods said. I am progressing, I'm starting to get a feel for tournament golf again.

It will be just his 25th career missed cut on TOUR in 330 starts once the second round is finished early Saturday.

Rory McIlroy's up-close look at Tiger Woods has the Northern Ireland star convinced the 14-time major champion is "very close" in his latest comeback bid.

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