Shot Tracker data putt the putt at 24 feet 8 inches - the numbers nearly eerily invoking the memory of Los Angeles Lakers great Kobe Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash on January 26. Tiger Woods, meanwhile, started hot but faded.
Thousands of fans gathered around Tiger Woods in the left rough to see if he could avoid yet another bogey Friday in a round that made a bid for his first victory at Riviera and the record 83rd of his PGA Tour career a lot tougher.
Woods is one of several golfers in this week's field paying tribute to Bryant.
Then on the eighth hole, which has a Kobe No. 8 flag in Lakers colors this week at Riviera, he paid tribute to Bryant by doing a one-handed basketball-like shot of his ball back to his caddie after making birdie. "Made a couple loose swings and made a couple good saves on the back nine for par, but just wasn't able to get any birdies".
"It's ironic, isn't it?" "I didn't know about the putt being that long".
Starting from the 10th, McIlroy had to hole from seven feet for par on the driveable par four after needing two attempts to escape from a greenside bunker and also had to save par from sand on the 14th and 16th. "It was a nice way to start", said Woods, who was good friends with Bryant. And then No. 8, happened to hit one in there close and had a nice little kick in there for birdie.
"No matter what we do, I think for a while we're going to always remember Kobe and what he meant, especially here in SoCal and the entire sports world", Woods added.
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Woods entered the second round of the tournament tied for 17th, with Matt Kuchar leading after the first round with a seven-under day.
But he again came up short with another wedge into the third and the mistake led to a bogey, and he compounded the error with a miss from five feet for par at the fourth before he three-putted from 50 feet at the par-three sixth.
He started well enough with a smart choice to hit iron on the reachable par-4 10th because of the back right pin position, a wedge into about 12 feet and a birdie.
A flawless drive on the par-five 17th was followed by a fairway wood to the heart of the green from 289 yards and McIlroy nonchalantly holed the eagle putt from 35 feet to move into red figures.
Woods hit his first shot 304 yards into the right side of the fairway.
Woods was still a teenager when he played his first United States tour event at Riviera, but he has never won on the classic course in the Pacific Palisades west of Los Angeles in 12 prior tries, and his struggles continued on Thursday. He should still be set for weekend play though, as the cut was trending towards being one-over-par when the 44-year-old signed his scorecard.