PACIFIC PALISADES, California – Nobody knows Tiger Woods' game better than his Caddy Joe LaCava.
So LaCava didn't have to hear Woods told reporters that he wasn't keen on the indifferent 2-over-73 he fired for confirmation in Friday's second round of the Genesis Invitational at the Riviera Country Club.
"From what I've seen, I don't think he's playing Zozo [or] The quality of the Presidents Cup golf at that moment, ”LaCava told The Post, referring to Woods’s October win at Zozo in Japan and the Presidents Cup in Australia two months later. "But we hope that this will change in this direction at the weekend."
When Woods, who played on Friday's morning wave of tows, ended his round to be on par for the tournament, he was seven strokes back. He ended up nine behind leaders Matt Kuchar, who shot a 69.
It looks a lot like Woods pursuit of his 83rd career win on the PGA Tour record will move on to the next event he is playing – most likely to the Arnold Palmer Invitational next month since he decided on Friday not to to commit to play WGC Mexico next week.
Woods' round, which started on hole 10, took a bad turn on the 15th when he took a double bogey after throwing a shot into a bunker on the green.
"I made some pretty bad mistakes with balls in the fairway out there," said Wood. “When I was 15 I had a wedge in my hand and opened it twice, sand wedge [number] three and made bogey there. Three out of control shots with wedges, which I rarely do. Not very good. & # 39; & # 39;
Woods, who hit nine of 14 fairways and only eight of 18 greens on Friday, climbed back to numbers 3 and 18 with birdies at numbers 18 and 1. Then he took Bogeys on numbers 3, 4 and 6 to fade. It was a disappointing turn after its lightning-fast start on Thursday, which included an eagle on its first hole, 3 in 5 holes and 4 in 8 holes. Since that eight-hole start, Woods has 4-transitioned in 28 holes.
"I just wasn't as sharp as I have to be," said Woods. "When I got off to a great start [Thursday]I didn't go on. It's not that complicated, I just have to clean it up, but I'm pretty far back now and I have to do a lot of birdies this weekend. "
Does he have a hot lap for Saturday to move?
"Good question," said LaCava. "Based on the first nine holes [Thursday]Of course I can see that. You never count this guy. We still have a long way to go. He can run a bit. Scotty [Adam Scott] Shot 64 [on Friday], You can do it, but you have to start putting. He just didn't do those five and six feet to keep the lap going. We missed half a dozen of them.
"If he does half of it, he's 3 or 4 under. Do I feel like he should be leading the tournament? No. But I think the worst scenario is that he should be 3 or 4 years old. "
Woods complained on Thursday about how little he could practice because his tasks as a tournament organizer (his TGR foundation is the beneficiary) took a lot of time.
"He doesn't want to make excuses and neither do I," said LaCava. "Did it affect part of its practice time and a little bit of recovery time? Sure it did. But that's part of the deal. You organize the event. You are the face of the foundation. When you host, there are commitments. "
"It's not the first tournament I've hosted," said Woods on Friday. "I've been doing this for a long time and it's no different."
Translation: No excuses.