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Tiger Woods. Photo: Getty Images

Tiger Woods. Photo: Getty Images

Getty Images

Tiger Woods. Photo: Getty Images

Tiger Woods' hopes of a dream home win suffered a major reverse when he struggled to a two-over 73 in the Genesis Invitational at Riviera CC.

The Californian needs just one more PGA Tour victory to get to 83 and surpass Sam Snead's record in the event where he made his first appearance in a professional tournament as a 16-year old in 1992.

But the tournament host could hit just eight greens in regulation and ended the day on even-par, seven shots behind Harold Varner, who shot 68 to lead by a shot in the clubhouse from Adam Scott (64), Korea's Sung Kang (67) and Vaughan Taylor (67).

"I made some bad mistakes out there," said Woods (pictured), who mixed three birdies with three bogeys and a double-bogey six. "I've thrown away shots that I rarely ever do.

"I'm going to have to make birdies if I want to win this event. I'm so far back with 40 guys ahead of me. Hopefully, I can get off to a quick start off ten tomorrow - eagle, birdie, birdie or something like that - and take it from there."

Spain's Jon Rahm, who can overtake Rory McIlroy as world No 1 with a win, moved quietly towards the top of the leaderboard on four-under after a 68.

Meanwhile, the European Tour has postponed the Maybank Championship in Kuala Lumpur (April 16-19) and the Volvo China Open (April 23-26) in Shenzhen due to the outbreak of coronavirus, which has infected 55,000 people and killed more than 1,300.

"The well-being of our players, spectators and staff is always our absolute priority," said Keith Pelley, chief executive of the European Tour, who are investigating alternative dates for both events.

At the Challenge Tour's Dimension Data Pro-Am, Portmarnock Links' touring professional Robin Dawson made six birdies in a five-under 67 on the Montagu Course at Fancourt to go into the third round inside the top 60 who will make the 54-hole cut today.

The Tramore man (24) is tied for 43rd on five-under, 12 shots behind Spain's Santiago Tarrio Ben and South Africa's Christiaan Bezuidenhout.

Royal Dublin's Niall Kearney is a shot outside the top 60 on three-under after a 71 on the Montagu with The Island's Gavin Moynihan two-over after a level-par 72 on the Outeniqua Course.

In amateur golf, Robert Moran carded a one-over 73 in the third round of the fog-delayed Portuguese International Amateur Open to slip back to tied 29th on five-under.

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