Masters Tournament

Riviera will be without Tiger, but there is no shortage of storylines

Riviera will be without Tiger, but there is no shortage of storylines

The biggest name at this week’s Genesis Open at Riviera Country Club is neither playing nor retired. He’ll just be hanging around. He’s even holding a news conference on Tuesday.

Tiger Woods was scheduled to play at Los Angeles’ lone PGA Tour stop for the first time in 10 years. It’s no coincidence that his celebrated return coincided with his company now running the tournament and his charity benefiting from it.

But all that fell apart when he pulled out of the Dubai Desert Classic a little more than a week ago, citing back spasms. He was hopeful to play at Riviera, a course that has confounded him more than he’s conquered it.

On Friday, he announced he was skipping...

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