- February 13-19
- Pacific Palisades, California
- The Riviera Country Club • Par 71 • 7,322 yds.
- Purse $20 million • Winner $3.6 million + 550 FedExCup pts.
- 130 players • 72-hole stroke-play
- 2022 champion Joaquin Niemann
|1||9:30 a.m.-8 p.m.||4-8 p.m.|
|2||9:30 a.m.-8 p.m.||4-8 p.m.|
|3||Noon-7 p.m.||1-3 p.m.||3-7 p.m.|
|4||11:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m||1-3 p.m.||3-6:30 p.m.|
The Genesis Invitational is the 16th event of the 2022-23 PGA TOUR Season and third designated event, featuring 23 of the top 25 players in the Official World Golf Ranking (39 of top 50), the top 30 players in the FedExCup standings and all 13 players that have won on TOUR this season. The field was expanded from the original size of 120 players to 130 to include all players defined as eligible in the tournament regulations. This is the second week in a row that the field has been expanded due to the strength of the field, with the WM Phoenix Open expanded from 132 to 134.
Tiger at The Genesis
Tournament host and 82-time PGA TOUR winner Tiger Woods is making his first start on TOUR since the 2022 Open Championship and first in a non-major since the 2020 ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP. Woods’ opening tee shot in the first round will take place 844 days since his last competitive round in a non-major (October 25, 2020). With a victory, Woods would break a tie with Sam Snead for most wins in PGA TOUR history. Woods has not finished in the top-10 on TOUR since the 2020 Farmers Insurance Open (T9) and his most recent victory, his 82nd, came at the 2019 ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP.
Woods has made 14 starts at The Genesis Invitational, the most of any tournament in his career without a victory. He made his PGA TOUR debut at the event in 1992 as a 16-year-old amateur (MC) and most recently competed in 2020 (68th).
Genesis Open Records
|Low 18-hole score||61||2 players; most recent: Ted Tryba||1999 (R3)|
|Low 36-hole score||126||Joaquin Niemann||2022|
|Low 54-hole score||194||Joaquin Niemann||2022|
|Low 72-hole score||264||Lanny Wadkins||1985|
|Holes-in-one (1983-present)||42||40 players; most recent: Scott Harrington||2021 (R4, No. 6)|
|Largest 18-hole lead||4||Terry Mauney||1982|
|Largest 36-hole lead||5||Sam Burns||2021|
|Largest 54-hole lead||7||Arnold Palmer||1966|
|Largest margin of victory||9||Phil Rodgers||1962|
|Playoffs||18||Most recent: Max Homa def. Tony Finau||2021|
|Wire-to-wire winners||4||Most recent: Joaquin Niemann||2022|
The Genesis Invitational is the descendant of the Los Angeles Open. The First Los Angeles Open was in 1927. You can read about it at the link.
Charlie Sifford, the first African American member of the PGA TOUR won the event in 1969 when it was the Los Angeles Open.
In 1948, Bill Spiller and Ted Rhodes became the first African Americans to play in a non USGA PGA Tour event at the Los Angeles Open. Rhodes tied for 22nd, while Spiller tied for 29th.
Ben Hogan won the tournament back-to-back in 1947 and 1948. He also won the US Open at Riviera, leading many to call the course “Hogan’s Alley.” You can read more about Hogan’s Alley at the link.
In 1938, Babe Zaharias teed it up in the first of three Los Angeles Opens she would play.
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