PACIFIC PALISADES, CALIFORNIA | Here where cinematic dreams are brought to life, it doesn’t take a screenwriter’s imagination to conjure up the borderline romantic notion of Tiger Woods becoming the PGA Tour’s all-time victory leader at Riviera Country Club, where he teed it up on the PGA Tour for the first time 28 years ago.
Imagine the greatest player of his, or perhaps any, generation winning No. 83 at a place where history and timelessness hang in the air like the scent of eucalyptus.
There’s only one nagging problem.
Riviera Country Club is Woods’ white whale.
He’s played 12 tournaments here and he’s never won, though he did finish second once (his other runner-up finish in the tournament now known as the Genesis Invitational came when it was played at Valencia Country Club one year).
It would seem, at least in theory, that Woods and Riviera would go together like Bogey and Bacall (yes, that’s an old person’s reference but Bogey has a tree named for him here at Riviera so it can be excused).
“I’ve played here so m...
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