PGA Tour

Woods to play upgraded Genesis Invitational

Tiger Woods (Getty Images)
Tiger Woods (Getty Images)

Los Angeles - Tiger Woods confirmed on Tuesday he will play in next year's Genesis Invitational tournament in Los Angeles as the event showcases its elevated status for the first time.

The tournament at Riviera Country Club holds special significance for Woods, who made his PGA Tour debut at the event in 1992 as a 16-year-old amateur.

Previously known as the Genesis Open, the tournament, which is run by Woods' charitable foundation, was boosted to invitational status last year.

The change grants the winner a three-year tour exemption, gives the tournament a higher purse, and reduces the field from 144 players to 120.

The new-look competition will be similar to the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill, hosted by Palmer before his death in 2016, and Jack Nicklaus's Memorial Tournament.

"It's an honour for us to be in the same category as Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer," tournament host Woods said.

"Those are two legends of the game. For us to have this type of elevation, all the things we want to have happen for the tournament are going to happen.

"On top of that, to be able to host the tournament each and every year at Riviera, where it all started for me, it's come full circle."

Woods' participation comes after a successful 2019 which saw him seal a dramatic fifth victory at the Masters in April before capturing an 82nd career PGA Tour win.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
loading... Live
Kolkata Knight Riders 149/9
Kings XI Punjab 104/1
Voting Booth
What is your favourite sport to watch on TV?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Rugby
42% - 8888 votes
Cricket
11% - 2286 votes
Football
19% - 4058 votes
Athletics
2% - 525 votes
Boxing
1% - 187 votes
Cycling
2% - 492 votes
Golf
5% - 1037 votes
Motorsport
9% - 1798 votes
Tennis
3% - 723 votes
Water sports
1% - 196 votes
American sports
1% - 263 votes
MMA / WWE / UFC
3% - 667 votes
Vote