PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. — In an eerie coincidence, Tiger Woods carded an eagle on his first hole of the round, the par-5 first, when he sank a putt that was 24 feet, eight inches in length — Kobe Bryant’s two numbers from his playing days with the Lakers.

“It’s ironic having those two numbers,’’ Woods said Thursday after the first round of the Genesis Invitational at Riviera Country Club. “It was a nice way to start. I didn’t know about the putt being that long. And then [on] No. 8, [I] happened to hit one in there close and had a nice little kick-in there for birdie.

“No matter what we do, I think for a while we’re going to always remember Kobe and what he meant, and especially here in SoCal and the entire sports world.”

Woods, who shot a 2-under 69, trails first-round leader Matt Kuchar by five strokes.  Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, who died along with seven others when the Lakers icon’s chopper crashed last month, were laid to rest last Friday.