January 23, 2017

The world’s best join the club

Between the glitz and glamor of Los Angeles and the famous beaches lining Santa Monica and Malibu, a star-studded list of PGA TOUR golfers highlight the early list of players committed to play in the 2017 Genesis Open. Reigning U.S. Open champion and PGA TOUR Player of the Year Dustin Johnson, 2015 Masters and U.S. Open winner Jordan Spieth, 2013 Masters winner Adam Scott, 2016 Olympic gold medalist Justin Rose and defending champion Bubba Watson are scheduled to join tournament host Tiger Woods at The Riviera Country Club, Feb. 13-19.

“We are excited to usher in the next chapter of tournament golf at Riviera and welcome a field featuring the world’s top stars to the Genesis Open,” tournament director Mike Antolini said. “Between the tournament’s rich history, its classic, iconic venue in The Riviera Country Club, and new tournament host Tiger Woods competing, the 2017 Genesis Open is a must-attend event in Southern California.”

The early commitments to the Genesis Open feature half of the world’s top 30 golfers (as of Jan. 16), including:

  • World No. 3 Johnson
  • No. 5 Spieth
  • No. 6 Hideki Matsuyama, who has won four of his last eight starts worldwide
  • No. 7 Scott
  • No. 8 Justin Thomas, who won back-to-back weeks in Hawaii this month and is atop the PGA TOUR’s 2016-17 FedExCup standings
  • No. 11 Watson, a two-time tournament champion
  • No. 13 Rose, 2013 U.S. Open winner
  • No. 16 Paul Casey
  • No. 19 Brooks Koepka
  • No. 20 Matt Kuchar, 2016 Olympic bronze medalist
  • No. 21 Phil Mickelson, World Golf Hall of Famer, 42-time PGA TOUR winner, five-time major champion and two-time tournament champion
  • No. 22 Jimmy Walker, 2016 PGA Championship winner
  • No. 24 Charl Schwartzel
  • No. 27 Brandt Snedeker
  • No. 30 J.B. Holmes

The tournament’s early field also boasts five of its last eight champions — Watson (2014, 2016), James Hahn (2015), John Merrick (2013), Aaron Baddeley (2011) and Mickelson (2008, 2009). 

Also in the field is Thomas Pieters, who led the European Ryder Cup team with a record of 4-1 and set the European record for Ryder Cup points as a rookie. The 24-year-old Pieters, who received a sponsor’s exemption to the Genesis Open, returns to Riviera, where in 2012 he captured the NCAA individual championship while playing for the University of Illinois. The remaining exemptions will be announced at a later date.

Woods previously committed to the Genesis Open and is set to make his first start at Riviera since 2006. He made his PGA TOUR debut as an amateur at Riviera in 1992 at the age of 16. Woods returned to competitive golf for the first time since August 2015 at December’s Hero World Challenge.

Walk side by side with golf’s biggest stars, Feb. 13-19, at The Riviera Country Club. Welcome to the club.

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