2019 Genesis Open Saturday Highlights

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PACIFIC PALISADES, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 16: Justin Thomas hits a second shot on the 2nd hole during the third round of the Genesis Open at Riviera Country Club on February 16, 2019 in Pacific Palisades, California. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)

The race against the sun Saturday at the 2019 Genesis Open finally brought a close to the tournament’s second round of play. The cutline of even par extinguished the championship hopes of PGA veterans like Fred Couples and rising stars such as Cameron Champ. The 76 players who avoided the cut line late Saturday were each allowed to at least begin their third round.

When play resumes at 6:45 a.m. local time (9:45 a.m. Eastern) the final group featuring leader Justin Thomas (-13), Adam Scott (-12) and J.B. Holmes (-12) will continue their play on only the third hole of their round. In order to complete the tournament and walk away with the championship Sunday the leaders will have to battle through at least 33 holes. With so much golf played on Saturday there were more than a few highlights coming out of Riviera Country Club.

The putts were falling at Pacific Palisades

After a birdie at the 4th hole, Rory McIlroy rebounded from an up and down Friday by going back to back early Saturday with a 31-foot follow up birdie at the par-4 5th.

From the fringe on number nine, and fighting against the cut line, Tiger Woods sank a potentially weekend saving birdie putt to move to 1-under.

Following the first round of play, Jordan Spieth found himself one off the lead at 7-under. After dropping a stroke early, Spieth drained a 24-foot birdie putt at the par-3 4th hole to gain a measure of momentum back on his side.

While the young fan favorite bomber Cameron Champ may not have made the cut, he at least provided a highlight of his own Saturday with a 40-foot birdie at the par-4 9th.

On the heels of last weeks victory at Pebble Beach, Phil Mickelson refused to fade away quietly down the leaderboard with an eagle on the opening hole of his third round.

Despite not even getting three holes in of his third round, Justin Thomas took advantage late Saturday with an eagle on his first hole to climb to 13-under and take the outright lead.

Finesse from all around Riviera Country Club

Following a wayward drive, defending champion Bubba Watson found himself surrounded by trees at the par-4 10th. After threading the needle to find the green Watson would finish for birdie to get to 3-under.

After his previous shot found the cart path and rolled beyond the grandstands, Phil Mickelson showed off his flop shot skills once again as he pitched it up and over the grandstands onto the green.

Shot of the Day

Taking advantage of the scoring conditions near the end of his second round, Patrick Rodgers holed out his second shot for eagle at the par-4 7th from 130 yards out. Rodgers’ focus and precision placed him in a tie for 3rd heading into Sunday.

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