Genesis Open Winners and History

Genesis Open Winners and History

Genesis Open Winners and History

The Genesis Open is the latest incarnation of the venerable Los Angeles Open.

The tournament also has been known as The Glenn Campbell-Los Angeles Open, The Nissan Open and the Northern Trust Open. The event has been played at the fabled Riviera Country Club since 1973, with the exception of 1983, when the club hosted the PGA Championship and 1998, when it hosted the US Senior Open.

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The tournament and the Riviera Country Club have gained a place in golf history. In the 1938 tournament, Babe Zaharias became the first woman to play in a men’s professional tournament. Ben Hogan won there in 1942, 1947 and 1948—which, along with his 1948 US Open victory at Riviera, gave the place the sobriquet “Hogan’s Alley.” Three victories in two years at Riviera is an amazing accomplishment. Finally, the 1992 Nissan Los Angeles Open gave amateur Tiger Woods his first spot in a professional tournament. (See a great gallery of photos of Ben Hogan at Riviera here)

In addition to Hogan, other prominent Genesis Open winners include Phil Mickelson, Fred Couples, Tom Watson, Arnold Palmer, Byron Nelson and Sam Snead. Jack Nicklaus never won a Los Angeles Open.

The inaugural Los Angeles Open was played in 1926 at the Los Angeles Country Club. The next year, it moved to El Caballero Country Club in Tarzana. It moved again in 1928 to the Wilshire Country Club in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Open made its first appearance at the Riviera Country Club in 1929 and 1930. In the 1930s the event was held at the Wilshire Country Club, the Hillcrest Country Club, The Los Angeles Country Club an Griffith Park.

Following a break for World War II, the Los Angeles Open was played at the Wilshire Country Club in 1944, and then for the next nine years at Riviera. In the 1950s, it was played at Fox Hills Country Club, Inglewood Country Club and Inglewood. Rancho Park hosted the event from 1956 to 1972.

The 18th At Riviera
The 18th At Riviera

Riviera Country Club, the current host of the Genesis Open – Los Angeles Open is one of the country’s fabled courses. The course opened in 1926 as the Los Angeles Athletic Golf Course with George Thomas listed as its principal designer. Credit, however, also is given to Alister Mackenzie and Billie Bell. After several redesigns, Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore made an attempt in 1992 to return Riviera’s bunkers to the original Thomas-MacKenzie design.

Thomas’ work at Riviera is oft cited for its risk-reward design. The first, for example, is a short par 5 that has a tee elevated some 75 feet above the fairway. It’s possible to make an Eagle on this hole, but thanks to out of bounds left and a ditch crossing the fairway, a wayward drive can drive to score to a double bogey. The par 4 eighth has two fairways separated by a ditch. Ten, a par 4 , is drivable, but greenside bunkers make it a risky proposition. The eleventh and twelfth are defended by ditches, bunkers and trees. I also think it has one of the great finishing holes—a par 4 with a mostly blind tee shot and a green situated in a natural amphitheater.

The course also has a bit of humor. The par 3 sixth has a bunker in the middle of the green. I wonder what Hogan thought of that. For my part, Riviera is on my list of courses I’d most like to play.

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While Hogan had four victories at Riviera, he had only three Los Angeles Open Titles. The records for most victories at the Los Angles Open are held by Macdonald Smith (1928, 1929, 1932, 1934) and Lloyd Mangrum (1949, 1951, 1953, 1956). A complete list of Genesis Open winners follows:

YearPlayerScoreTo parMargin
Genesis Open
2019J. B. Holmes270−141 stroke
2018Bubba Watson (3)272−122 strokes
2017Dustin Johnson267−175 strokes
Northern Trust Open
2016Bubba Watson (2)269−151 stroke
2015James Hahn278−6Playoff
2014Bubba Watson269−152 strokes
2013John Merrick273−11Playoff
2012Bill Haas277−7Playoff
2011Aaron Baddeley272−122 strokes
2010Steve Stricker268−162 strokes
2009Phil Mickelson (2)269−151 stroke
2008Phil Mickelson272−122 strokes
Nissan Open
2007Charles Howell III268−16Playoff
2006Rory Sabbatini271−131 stroke
2005Adam Scott133^−9Playoff
2004Mike Weir (2)267−171 stroke
2003Mike Weir275−9Playoff
2002Len Mattiace269−151 stroke
2001Robert Allenby276−8Playoff
2000Kirk Triplett272−121 stroke
1999Ernie Els270−142 strokes
1998Billy Mayfair272−12Playoff
1997Nick Faldo272−123 strokes
1996Craig Stadler278−61 stroke
1995Corey Pavin (2)268−163 strokes
Nissan Los Angeles Open
1994Corey Pavin271−132 strokes
1993Tom Kite206*−73 strokes
1992Fred Couples (2)269−15Playoff
1991Ted Schulz272−121 stroke
1990Fred Couples266−183 strokes
1989Mark Calcavecchia272−121 stroke
Los Angeles Open presented by Nissan
1988Chip Beck267−174 strokes
1987Chen Tze-chung275−9Playoff
Los Angeles Open
1986Doug Tewell270−147 strokes
1985Lanny Wadkins (2)264−207 strokes
1984David Edwards279−53 strokes
Glen Campbell-Los Angeles Open
1983Gil Morgan (2)270−142 strokes
1982Tom Watson (2)271−13Playoff
1981Johnny Miller270−142 strokes
1980Tom Watson276−81 stroke
1979Lanny Wadkins276−81 stroke
1978Gil Morgan278−62 strokes
1977Tom Purtzer273−111 stroke
1976Hale Irwin272−122 strokes
1975Pat Fitzsimons275−94 strokes
1974Dave Stockton276−82 strokes
1973Rod Funseth276−83 strokes
1972George Archer270−14Playoff
1971Bob Lunn274−10Playoff
Los Angeles Open
1970Billy Casper (2)276−8Playoff
1969Charlie Sifford276−8Playoff
1968Billy Casper274−103 strokes
1967Arnold Palmer (3)269−155 strokes
1966Arnold Palmer (2)273−113 strokes
1965Paul Harney (2)276−83 strokes
1964Paul Harney280−41 stroke
1963Arnold Palmer274−103 strokes
1962Phil Rodgers268−169 strokes
1961Bob Goalby275−93 strokes
1960Dow Finsterwald280−43 strokes
1959Ken Venturi278−62 strokes
1958Frank Stranahan275−93 strokes
1957Doug Ford280−41 stroke
1956Lloyd Mangrum (4)272−123 strokes
1955Gene Littler276−82 strokes
1954Fred Wampler281−31 stroke
1953Lloyd Mangrum (3)280−45 strokes
1952Tommy Bolt2895Playoff
1951Lloyd Mangrum (2)280−41 stroke
1950Sam Snead (2)280−4Playoff
1949Lloyd Mangrum284E3 strokes
1948Ben Hogan (3)275−94 strokes
1947Ben Hogan (2)280−43 strokes
1946Byron Nelson284E5 strokes
1945Sam Snead283−11 stroke
1944Jug McSpaden278−63 strokes
1943No tournament due to World War II
1942Ben Hogan282−6Playoff
1941Johnny Bulla281−32 strokes
1940Lawson Little28221 stroke
1939Jimmy Demaret274−107 strokes
1938Jimmy Thomson273−114 strokes
1937Harry Cooper (2)274−105 strokes
1936Jimmy Hines280E4 strokes
1935Vic Ghezzi2855Playoff
1934Macdonald Smith (4)280E8 strokes
1933Craig Wood282−24 strokes
1932Macdonald Smith (3)281−34 strokes
1931Ed Dudley28512 strokes
1930Denny Shute296124 strokes
1929Macdonald Smith (2)28516 strokes
1928Macdonald Smith284E3 strokes
1927Bobby Cruickshank282−66 strokes
1926Harry Cooper279−93 strokes
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