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Tiger Woods on opening 24-foot, 8-inch eagle: 'Ironic, isn't it?'

LOS ANGELES – From headcovers to shoes to jerseys, PGA Tour players have found unique ways to honor the memory of Kobe Bryant in his old hometown.

Tiger Woods did, too.

On his opening hole Thursday at Riviera, Woods hit an 8-iron into the par-5 green that left him 24 feet, 8 inches away for eagle.

Yes, 24 feet, 8 inches – Bryant’s old jersey numbers – and Woods buried the eagle putt.

“It’s ironic, isn’t it?” said Woods, after a 2-under 69 put him five shots off the lead. “I didn’t know about the putt being that long.