Genesis Open 2019 : The 2019 Genesis Open, golfers have completed about two and a half rounds, but we have a man to beat in Justin Thomas. After starting 66-65, Thomas made eagle at his first hole in Round 3 late in the day on Saturday as play was paused while he and his group were on the third hole. They’ll all come back to clean up the third round and try to somehow get Round 4 in on Sunday for what should be a fabulous finish.
Let’s take a look at what transpired on Saturday at Riviera Country Club.
Genesis Open First place — Justin Thomas (-13): When he’s feeling it, it’s a revelation. The way he played the first hole, a par 5, late in the day was astonishing. A low 3-wood missile 325 yards, iron shot to 10 feet and eagle putt for three and the outright lead at 13 under. It was almost too easy. Thomas has all the shots and, more importantly, a nice little lead over his chasers as he heads into the final 34 holes of play on Sunday.
Genesis Open Last place — Cody Gribble (+4): It was not a great end of the day for Gribble, who was playing with Tiger Woods. Big Cat clipped him by 10 strokes in the seven holes they completed.
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Other contenders — Adam Scott (-12), Patrick Rodgers (-11), J.B. Holmes (-11), Rory McIlroy (-8): There’s a pretty great group of players just behind Thomas and a ton of golf left to play. Because it’s Saturday evening it feels like Thomas’s lead and the way he’s playing will mean victory, but nearly half of this golf tournament has yet to unfold. With players like McIlroy within five, anything can happen.
What did Tiger Woods do? Big Cat ended with a three to guarantee himself a made cut early in the day in his second round, and then he opened with five more to start Round 3. The best of which came at the par-5 11th hole where Woods made eagle. He’s not truly in it yet — mostly because Thomas is galloping — but he’s also got the easier side of the course coming on Sunday morning to try and make up ground on the leaders.
Genesis Open 2019 Who had a great day? McIlroy made four birdies in his final six holes of Round 2 to open the day and another one in his first three holes of Round 3. He’s played his last 21 holes in 9 under and is starting to flirt with a run to get into a possible showdown with Thomas late on Sunday afternoon.