Tiger Woods to play Honda Classic

LOS ANGELES - A continual combination of missed fairways, missed greens and missed putts added up to a missed cut for Tiger Woods at the Genesis Open on Friday.

Tiger Woods shot a 5-over 76 on Friday and finished his 2 rounds 6-over, well below the projected cut.

The 14-time major victor is now playing at this week's LA Open, where the 42-year-old is all but assured to miss the weekend with a six-over total through 16 holes.

The question has been about whether his back was strong enough to play tournaments on consecutive weeks for the first time since returning to competition in early December following a 10-month layoff. Today I just played good golf.

Defending champion and world number one Dustin Johnson battled to a 74 after an early triple bogey."Man, I fought hard, made a few mistakes, simple, silly mistakes, bad shots here and there, but one-over's not bad", Woods told Golf Channel. "I'm starting to come back and it's going to take a little time".

Woods is well aware of how hard the Honda venue is, but then again, not many of them are easy.

It might always have been like this like the whole Tiger mania and these dudes, but I swear, playing in front of all that, he gives up half a shot a day on the field.

"I made really silly bogeys out there, in particular No. 7 there, it was not very good from the middle of the fairway", Woods said.

Or Friday at Riviera, where boisterous fans inserted themselves into the action on the field. "It was just one of those things". The US PGA Tour confirmed that Woods would play. Whoever is teeing off at 8:30 in the morning doesn't get that and can just go about his business and do his thing. McIlroy enters the weekend tied for 15th while seeking his first PGA Tour title since the 2016 Tour Championship.

"It's tiring", McIlroy said. "But my normal iron shots that I've always dialled in for much of my entire career, it's just not there". The idea that Woods has never won a professional tournament at Riviera Country Club is baffling to me.

"I hung in there well and grinded", Woods said.

It's cost me a lot of shots over the years. "You can't go practice having the belief, you know?"