Tiger Woods has conceded it is difficult to play with the same intensity without fans in attendance.

Woods, along with fellow star Rory McIlroy, endured a difficult third round at the Northern Trust on Saturday, but shot an impressive five-under 66 on Sunday to finish on six under.

It marks Woods' lowest round since he won the Zozo Championship in 2019.

Despite an impressive finish, Woods said it was hard to play with the same motivation as he would do in front of a crowd, with no galleries allowed at events due to the coronavirus pandemic.

"You hit good shots and you get on nice little runs, but we don't have the same energy, the same fan energy," Woods told reporters.

"It is different. Normally, you may have it like this at a Thursday or Friday morning round when there's no one out here, but by the time you get around the turn, people start coming around.

"But it's been like that from the word go, and it is very different."

Woods, however, was able to reflect on a much-improved final round.

"I felt like I hit the ball better," he added. "I putted better. Everything was just cleaner and better today. It was good.

"I just wish I could have kept the round going a little bit more. I had a couple of nice little eagle looks on the front nine. It could have been one of those really low rounds, but I’ll take five under.

"My body feels pretty good. You know, this is going to be a long haul either way. I wish I would have played a little bit better this week to make it a little bit easier on me next week to try to get into East Lake, but this is going to be – if I play well, four out of five weeks, so it's going to be a busy stretch either way."

Tiger Woods will play the PGA Tour's BMW Championship next week, it was confirmed on Wednesday.

Woods – already in the field for the Northern Trust starting Thursday – has entered the BMW Championship, marking the first time the 15-time major winner has played in back-to-back weeks in a year.

The 44-year-old American superstar last made back-to-back Tour starts at last season's Northern Trust and BMW Championship.

Woods – 49th in the FedEx Cup standings – could potentially play four tournaments in five weeks, including the U.S. Open, which begins on September 17 in New York.

''The plan is to play four out of five,'' Woods said following Wednesday's nine holes at TPC Boston ahead of the Northern Trust, where he is making just his seventh start of the season. ''That's the plan.''

Woods needs to move into the FedEx Cup's top 30 in order to qualify for the Tour Championship, which he has won on three occasions – his most recent triumph in 2018.

The Northern Trust is the first of three play-off events that will bring the coronavirus-affected 2019-20 PGA Tour season to a conclusion.

Woods, winner of the FedEx Cup in 2007 and 2009, finished tied for 37th at the US PGA Championship.

Four-time major champion Brooks Koepka's PGA Tour season is over after he withdrew from The Northern Trust due to a knee injury.

The former world number one pulled out of the charity exhibition event at TPC Boston on Wednesday as he continues to be troubled by a lingering knee problem.

Koepka is 97th in the FedEx Cup standings and with only the top 70 progressing to the BMW Championship - the second week of the play-offs - the American has played his last tournament of the 2019-20 season.

The 30-year-old missed the cut at the Wyndham Championship last week after failing to win a third consecutive PGA Championship title.

Koepka finished 29th when major golf returned in San Francisco this month.

He missed three months of action last year due to a troublesome right knee and revealed last month he underwent an MRI scan ahead of the Memorial Tournament.

Koepka sid in July: "Just wanted to check on it, see where it's at. We got the results right after Korea, and then we just wanted to check, and nothing is improved.

"It's still the same. So we'll figure it out when we're done."

Koepka has a month to try and get back to full fitness for the U.S. Open at Winged Foot.

Tiger Woods has confirmed he will play at next week's Northern Trust as he seeks a third FedEx Cup trophy.

The tournament in Boston is the first of three playoff events that will bring the coronavirus-affected 2019-20 PGA Tour season to a conclusion.

Woods, winner of the FedEx Cup in 2007 and 2009, would be the first player to claim the honour three times.

He confirmed his participation at TPC Boston on Twitter on Friday, writing: "Excited to head to Boston for @TheNTGolf and start the #FedExCup Playoffs."

Woods, A 15-time major winner, finished in a tie for 37th at the recent US PGA Championship.

The American has been increasingly selective with his schedule as he manages his workload to mitigate injury and fitness concerns.

Indeed, the Northern Trust would be just the sixth event of the season for the 44-year-old, who will need to force his way into the top 70 of the FedEx Cup standings to progress to the next event, the BMW Championship, at the end of the month.

Tiger Woods explained he "was just off" as he digested finishing in last place of the 68 players to make the cut at the Genesis Invitational.

Champion Adam Scott finished 22 shots ahead of Woods, who ended round four at the bottom of the leaderboard for only the second time in his distinguished PGA Tour career.

The American, who has opted to not play the WGC-Mexico Championship after saying he was feeling "run-down", finished on 11 over par after disappointing rounds of 76 and 77 over the weekend.

But while Woods was frustrated with his performance at Riviera Country Club, the 44-year-old explained he has a new sense of perspective these days, and even showed his sense of humour.

"I was just off, it happens," Woods told reporters.

"I'm off and I have got a chance to have the week off on Monday and do a little prep, a little practicing, some training, be at home and all positive things.

"I did not do much well. Good news, I hit every ball forward, not backwards, a couple sideways! But overall, I'm done.

"I've been in this position many times, unfortunately. Just keep fighting hole by hole, shot by shot and try to make some birdies, which I did not do.

"It's still disappointing, it's still frustrating, I'm still a little ticked.

"But this part of my career really didn't exist a few years ago, so to be able to do that [play] no matter what I shoot, I also look at it from a perspective which I didn't do most of my career, that I have a chance to play going down the road.

"A few years ago, that wasn't the case."

Woods was asked if he wished he had the same level of perspective in his younger years.

He added: "Earlier in my career I figured I would have another 30 years of doing it, 40 years. Look at most of the players that have had pretty solid careers, three to four decades in our sport.

"So yeah, I thought I had a long time to be able to do this. I think it's year 23 now, that is a long time, but it's been pretty good."

Woods was the tournament host in California and while his personal performance, which included a four-putt for the second straight start, was not positive, he was thrilled with how everything else had gone.

"From a tournament perspective, it couldn't be any better," he said of the event, which had Invitational status for the first time.

"We've had perfect weather, people have come out and supported this event.

"Our elevation, being a part of the new Invitational status, look at the players that come out and supported this event that have played this week, we couldn't have asked for a more dream scenario.

"The golf course was fantastic. Everything couldn't have been any better from that side."

Woods remains level with Sam Snead on 82 PGA Tour titles, the all-time record, and has not confirmed his next tournament, with the Honda Classic and Arnold Palmer Invitational among his options in the coming weeks.

Adam Scott ended a four-year wait for victory on the PGA Tour with a two-stroke win at the Genesis Invitational on Sunday.

The Australian secured his 14th PGA Tour win and first since March 2016 with his success at the Riviera Country Club in California.

Scott, 39, carded a one-under 70 in the final round to finish at 11 under.

Winner of the tournament in 2005 and a two-time runner-up, Scott mixed five birdies with two bogeys and a double bogey in the deciding round.

"It's amazing. I've loved this place from day one and it was tough out there today," he told CBS after his win.

"But the crowd is incredible, I feel like they're on my side here believe it or not and I'm stoked with this."

Scott finished two shots clear of Sung Kang (69), Scott Brown (68) and Matt Kuchar (72).

Rory McIlroy and Kuchar faltered after entering the final round in a three-way tie for the lead with Scott.

World number one McIlroy struggled to a two-over 73 that included a triple bogey at the par-four fifth hole.

McIlroy finished tied for fifth alongside Bryson DeChambeau (69), Max Homa (70) and Joel Dahmen (71), while Dustin Johnson (72) was tied for 10th.

Tiger Woods, whose foundation hosted the event, fired a final-round 77 that saw him finish at 11 over and in 68th.

Rory McIlroy shot a three-under 68 to earn a share of the lead at the Genesis Invitational on Saturday.

The Northern Irishman produced four birdies and a bogey to move into a three-way tie for first at the Riviera Country Club in California.

Overnight leader Matt Kuchar let his two-stroke advantage slip in a third-round 70 that included a run of three bogeys in four holes.

Adam Scott, the 2005 champion and two-time runner-up, joins McIlroy and Kuchar atop the leaderboard at 10 under after making six birdies en route to an impressive 67, backing up the blistering 64 he fired on Friday.

Russell Henley (68) and Harold Varner III (69) are a shot behind the leaders, while 2017 winner Dustin Johnson (67) sits alongside Joel Dahmen (66) at eight under.

Defending champion J.B. Holmes carded a disappointing 76 to slip out of contention.

McIlroy, the world number one, will hope to emerge from a competitive field with a 19th PGA Tour victory and first in 2020.

"You just have to worry about yourself," he told a news conference.

"Concentrate on what you're doing, do it well. Set yourself a target. Don't think about anyone else and if that's good enough at the end of the day, then great.

"If not, then someone has just played better than you. Hats off to them."

Rory McIlroy shot a three-under 68 to earn a share of the lead at the Genesis Invitational on Saturday.

The Northern Irishman produced four birdies and a bogey to move into a three-way tie for first at the Riviera Country Club in California.

Overnight leader Matt Kuchar let his two-stroke advantage slip in a third-round 70 that included a run of three bogeys in four holes.

Adam Scott, the 2005 champion and two-time runner-up, joins McIlroy and Kuchar atop the leaderboard at 10 under after making six birdies en route to an impressive 67, backing up the blistering 64 he fired on Friday.

Russell Henley (68) and Harold Varner III (69) are a shot behind the leaders, while 2017 winner Dustin Johnson (67) sits alongside Joel Dahmen (66) at eight under.

Defending champion J.B. Holmes carded a disappointing 76 to slip out of contention.

McIlroy, the world number one, will hope to emerge from a competitive field with a 19th PGA Tour victory and first in 2020.

"You just have to worry about yourself," he told a news conference.

"Concentrate on what you're doing, do it well. Set yourself a target. Don't think about anyone else and if that's good enough at the end of the day, then great.

"If not, then someone has just played better than you. Hats off to them."

Rory McIlroy shot a three-under 68 to earn a share of the lead at the Genesis Invitational on Saturday.

The Northern Irishman produced four birdies and a bogey to move into a three-way tie for first at the Riviera Country Club in California.

Overnight leader Matt Kuchar let his two-stroke advantage slip in a third-round 70 that included a run of three bogeys in four holes.

Adam Scott, the 2005 champion and two-time runner-up, joins McIlroy and Kuchar atop the leaderboard at 10 under after making six birdies en route to an impressive 67, backing up the blistering 64 he fired on Friday.

Russell Henley (68) and Harold Varner III (69) are a shot behind the leaders, while 2017 winner Dustin Johnson (67) sits alongside Joel Dahmen (66) at eight under.

Defending champion J.B. Holmes carded a disappointing 76 to slip out of contention.

McIlroy, the world number one, will hope to emerge from a competitive field with a 19th PGA Tour victory and first in 2020.

"You just have to worry about yourself," he told a news conference.

"Concentrate on what you're doing, do it well. Set yourself a target. Don't think about anyone else and if that's good enough at the end of the day, then great.

"If not, then someone has just played better than you. Hats off to them."

Rory McIlroy shot a three-under 68 to earn a share of the lead at the Genesis Invitational on Saturday.

The Northern Irishman produced four birdies and a bogey to move into a three-way tie for first at the Riviera Country Club in California.

Overnight leader Matt Kuchar let his two-stroke advantage slip in a third-round 70 that included a run of three bogeys in four holes.

Adam Scott, the 2005 champion and two-time runner-up, joins McIlroy and Kuchar atop the leaderboard at 10 under after making six birdies en route to an impressive 67, backing up the blistering 64 he fired on Friday.

Russell Henley (68) and Harold Varner III (69) are a shot behind the leaders, while 2017 winner Dustin Johnson (67) sits alongside Joel Dahmen (66) at eight under.

Defending champion J.B. Holmes carded a disappointing 76 to slip out of contention.

McIlroy, the world number one, will hope to emerge from a competitive field with a 19th PGA Tour victory and first in 2020.

"You just have to worry about yourself," he told a news conference.

"Concentrate on what you're doing, do it well. Set yourself a target. Don't think about anyone else and if that's good enough at the end of the day, then great.

"If not, then someone has just played better than you. Hats off to them."

Rory McIlroy shot a three-under 68 to earn a share of the lead at the Genesis Invitational on Saturday.

The Northern Irishman produced four birdies and a bogey to move into a three-way tie for first at the Riviera Country Club in California.

Overnight leader Matt Kuchar let his two-stroke advantage slip in a third-round 70 that included a run of three bogeys in four holes.

Adam Scott, the 2005 champion and two-time runner-up, joins McIlroy and Kuchar atop the leaderboard at 10 under after making six birdies en route to an impressive 67, backing up the blistering 64 he fired on Friday.

Russell Henley (68) and Harold Varner III (69) are a shot behind the leaders, while 2017 winner Dustin Johnson (67) sits alongside Joel Dahmen (66) at eight under.

Defending champion J.B. Holmes carded a disappointing 76 to slip out of contention.

McIlroy, the world number one, will hope to emerge from a competitive field with a 19th PGA Tour victory and first in 2020.

"You just have to worry about yourself," he told a news conference.

"Concentrate on what you're doing, do it well. Set yourself a target. Don't think about anyone else and if that's good enough at the end of the day, then great.

"If not, then someone has just played better than you. Hats off to them."

Rory McIlroy shot a three-under 68 to earn a share of the lead at the Genesis Invitational on Saturday.

The Northern Irishman produced four birdies and a bogey to move into a three-way tie for first at the Riviera Country Club in California.

Overnight leader Matt Kuchar let his two-stroke advantage slip in a third-round 70 that included a run of three bogeys in four holes.

Adam Scott, the 2005 champion and two-time runner-up, joins McIlroy and Kuchar atop the leaderboard at 10 under after making six birdies en route to an impressive 67, backing up the blistering 64 he fired on Friday.

Russell Henley (68) and Harold Varner III (69) are a shot behind the leaders, while 2017 winner Dustin Johnson (67) sits alongside Joel Dahmen (66) at eight under.

Defending champion J.B. Holmes carded a disappointing 76 to slip out of contention.

McIlroy, the world number one, will hope to emerge from a competitive field with a 19th PGA Tour victory and first in 2020.

"You just have to worry about yourself," he told a news conference.

"Concentrate on what you're doing, do it well. Set yourself a target. Don't think about anyone else and if that's good enough at the end of the day, then great.

"If not, then someone has just played better than you. Hats off to them."

Matt Kuchar is two shots clear at the halfway mark of the Genesis Invitational, while Rory McIlroy remains in contention.

Having opened with a 64, Kuchar carded a two-under 69 to move into nine under at the Riviera Country Club in California on Friday.

The American mixed four birdies with two bogeys and sits ahead of McIlroy (67), Harold Varner III (68) and Wyndham Clark (68).

McIlroy, the world number one, produced another fine round, which included six birdies and two bogeys.

The Northern Irishman capitalised on the three par-fives – the first, 11th and 17th holes – by birdieing each.

It is a congested chasing pack, with Sung Kang (67), Adam Scott (64), Vaughn Taylor (67) and Russell Henley (69) tied for fifth at six under.

The 2005 champion and a two-time runner-up, Scott's round was the day's best as the Australian holed seven birdies – including four on his final six holes.

Tiger Woods, whose foundation hosts the tournament, battled to a two-over 73 to fall back to a tie for 45th.

The 15-time major champion is joined at even par by Jordan Spieth (70) and Brooks Koepka (73).

Dustin Johnson is in a far better position after shooting a five-under 66 that lifted him into a share of 11th place alongside nine others, including defending champion J.B. Holmes (69).

Matt Kuchar earned a three-stroke lead after the opening round of the Genesis Invitational, where Tiger Woods started hot but faded.

American golfer Kuchar carded a seven-under-par 64 to set the early pace at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades on Thursday.

Kuchar – who was part of Tiger Woods' triumphant Presidents Cup team in Melbourne in December – is without a solo victory since the 2019 Sony Open in Hawaii more than a year ago.

But Kuchar made a strong start in California, where the nine-time PGA Tour champion was bogey-free as he holed seven birdies to top the leaderboard ahead of Lee Kyoung-hoon, Russell Henley, Wyndham Clark, Adam Schenk and Harold Varner III.

It is a star-studded field for the invitational event – one of only five tournaments given that status by the PGA Tour – and four-time major champion Rory McIlroy is in contention.

World number one McIlroy recorded two eagles, a pair of bogeys and a birdie for a three-under-par 68 on day one.

McIlroy headlines a group of 10 players tied for seventh, including Jason Day and Patrick Reed.

Woods is a stroke further back after the 15-time major winner faltered following a bright start in his pursuit of a maiden Genesis Invitational trophy.

The American superstar made an eagle on his first hole, opening a tournament with an eagle for just the second time since 2003 – the fourth of his career at Riviera.

Woods holed two birdies on a flawless front nine before fading after the turn, with the veteran bogeying twice – including the last for a two-under-par 69.

Los Angeles Lakers great Kobe Bryant – who tragically died in a helicopter crash along with his 13-year-old daughter Giannia and seven other victims last month – was honoured around the course.

From a flag in Lakers colours and with Bryant's number eight, to Brooks Koepka sporting headcovers inspired by the five-time NBA champion.

Former world number one Koepka, reigning champion J.B. Holmes and Justin Rose are among the players at two under, while the likes of 2018 winner Dustin Johnson, two-time champion Phil Mickelson, three-time victor Bubba Watson and Jordan Spieth ended the day one over the card.

Tiger Woods has "delved into the details" after receiving an approach from the Premier Golf League.

A newly proposed schedule that would rival the PGA Tour, the Premier Golf League wants to stage an 18-event season that sees each tournament played over 54 holes, rather than 72.

There would be a team element involved too, with the 48 competitors split into groups of four. Total prize money will reportedly be $240million (£185m).

Speaking ahead of the Genesis Invitational at Riviera Country Club, Woods confirmed he and his team are looking into the potential plans that would see the world's best playing together on a regular basis.

"My team's been aware of it and we've delved into the details of it and trying to figure it out just like everyone else,'' Woods told the media.

"We've been down this road before with World Golf Championships and other events being started. There's a lot of information that we're still looking at and whether it's reality or not, but just like everybody else, we're looking into it.

"I think just like all events, you're trying to get the top players to play more collectively. It's one of the reasons why we instituted the World Golf Championships, because we were only getting the top players together five times a year: the four majors and the Players.

"We wanted to showcase the top players on more than just those occasions.

"So, this is a natural evolution, whether or not things like this are going to happen, but ideas like this are going to happen going forward, whether it's now or any other time in the future."

Woods is tournament host for the Genesis Invitational this week but has yet to win the tournament in 12 previous attempts.

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