Tiger Woods opens up on Ryder Cup 2018 plans

Kristopher Nichols
February 14, 2018

He was tied second last week.

". It's still one of the most classic golf courses you can ever find".

"I love the golf course, I love the layout, it fits my eye, and I play very bad", Woods said with a smile. "This is still all new to me and I just want to be real smart about it". I'd throw in that the score to make the three-man playoff, six-under-par, was the highest winning total this century.

Defending champion Dustin Johnson is the favourite with Neds, paying $6 to repeat his victory from 2017 that sent him to the top of the world rankings for the first time. If not the jackpot, we can still get a healthy each-way return from a punt at 28s.

According to the latest oddsmakers at YouWager, Dustin Johnson is the favorite this week, as he has 5/1 odds. With top-20 finishes in 12 of his last 13 global starts, he's due.

The 14-time Major victor (42) was outgunned by seven shots by McIlroy when they were last paired together in the final round of the 2015 Masters.

He likes the course and it suits but can he jump from MC to victor in the space of a week?

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Reading the tea leaves and understanding how much Woods needs competitive rounds to ramp up for the Masters, which would be his first start in a major championship since the 2015 PGA Championship, it would be a minor upset if he doesn't play Honda. And I think we are going to have a lot of fun. It's the definition of an exciting risk-reward hole: anything from eagle to double bogey is in play here. This year's US Amateur will be contested at Riviera.

It's an ironic place for him considering Woods, with his run of dominance that lasted for almost two decades, spent so much of his career putting his peers in position to have to catch up to him.

"I'm making small, subtle changes in my posture and my swing because I'm starting to understand my body a little bit more because this back is just different than it used to be". Hence it's one of the first tournaments pencilled in on his schedule.

Matt Kuchar: Hasn't finished better than T8 here in his last 10 appearances, and despite a T62 at Pebble Beach, he still comes in to this event with three top-10s in his last four starts.

Laird was second for Driving Accuracy at TPC Scottsdale and when you add that to his power off the tee, it's a great combination if he can repeat it at Riviera. Future of Fantasy's table of putting performances on such surfaces since 2013/14 shows Laird in 17th place while he's eighth on the Specialists list which compares displays on Poa v other grasses. The most exciting part past year was the shootout for second place.

He could be interesting at 125s. He was tied for the lead after 54 holes, but fell short to Ted Potter Jr. The greens have gotten more pin locations than I remember.

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