Woods says the Genesis Open put him on the path to professional golf when he was given a sponsor's exemption to play in 1992.
Thomas, the reigning PGA Tour player of the year, is among several players who were getting seriously hooked on golf about the time Woods was winning tournaments at a rate never seen.
Woods will make his first appearance at Riviera since 2006.
He struggled at first despite dropping a hint with T25 in 2011 but in the last two years he's broken par in all eight rounds, finishing T11 in 2016 and T8 last year when dropping out of the payout places with a bogey at 18 although he still signed for an excellent 66 on Sunday. Woods has yet to commit to any event after the Genesis, though he has entertained the idea of playing the Honda Classic next week depending on how sore he feels. Woods is back in action this week at Riviera Country Club, where he once played as a 17-year-old amateur.
Woods will have to shore up his play off the tee if he's to have any chance of contending, let alone battling Johnson down the stretch.
Is he more of a mentor?
This is a value that could go overlooked - he should garner less ownership than past victor Hahn (more on him below), at any rate - even though Smith has been lights out in 2018.
Past year rain and fog meant that many players had to compete 36-holes on Sunday. This event Phil ranks second in all-time money earned and has played it 16 times.
He was here, and he was gone, and then back again, but never for very long. "I've been away from the game a pretty long time". He was texting them at the Presidents Cup in South Korea in 2015.
And as at Torrey, he was careful to temper expectations. "For a while there, that wasn't the case". Because in a tournament setting, things are ramped up and I could feel some of the things were off and was able to work on them. The clubhouse also boasts 30 guest suites, many named after its legendary visitors, which during the Genesis Open play home to everything from a golf simulator to a sushi bar. Yeah, we still give the needle and we still have a whole bunch of fun.
He also acknowledged last week that Riviera is "a flawless course" for those that are striking it well. Three years later, they were on his private jet flying out to California. Since then, Fleetwood won the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship for a second straight year, putting on a performance that was one for the ages, -22 to par. So he called him.
Xander is a much better putter on poa than Bermuda, so we'll need to target him more often on this green surface. "I'll start worrying about Augusta the week after match play ends". If I continue to strike it the way I have, it's going to be another good week.
"Quality of life is something that I didn't think I could have". It's one of the most scenic views on the course. "He's played against people I play with". 144 players will compete at PGA National Resort & Spa in the tournament that comes with a $6.6 million purse. "Until you experience it, it's hard to really understand". As for this course, Johnson is the defending champion with a -17 to par a year ago, and he's finished no worse than fourth in each of his last four appearances at the Riviera Country Club. My feet. I'm not used to walking.
"Once I get into contention I can handle myself", he said.