|Location||Pacific Palisades, California|
|Established||1926, 93 years ago|
|Course(s)||Riviera Country Club|
|Length||7,322 yards (6,695 m)|
|Organized by||Tiger Woods Foundation|
|Prize fund||$7.4 million|
|Tournament record score|
|To par||-20 as above|
|J. B. Holmes|
The Genesis Invitational is a professional golf tournament on the PGA Tour in southern California, first played 93 years ago in 1926 as the Los Angeles Open. Other previous names include Northern Trust Open and Nissan Open. Played annually in February at the Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, it is often the concluding event of the tour's "West Coast Swing" early in the calendar year, before the tour moves east to Florida.
The tournament has been held at Riviera on a near-continuous basis since 1973. South Korea-based Hyundai Motor Group, through its Genesis Motors subsidiary, took over sponsorship in 2017, after nine seasons from Northern Trust Corporation, based in Chicago, following a 21-year sponsorship by Nissan Motors. Entertainer Glen Campbell was the celebrity host of the Los Angeles Open from 1971 to 1983.
Listed by most recent
|56||Riviera Country Club||Pacific
|1929-30, 1941, 1945-53,|
1973-82, 1984-97, 1999-2019
|1||Valencia Country Club||Valencia||1998|
|17||Rancho Park Golf Course||Los Angeles||1956-67, 1969-72, 1983|
|1||Brookside Golf Course||Pasadena||1968|
|1||Inglewood Country Club||Inglewood||1955|
|1||Fox Hills Country Club||Culver City||1954|
|4||Wilshire Country Club||Los Angeles||1928, 1931, 1933, 1944|
|2||Hillcrest Country Club||Los Angeles||1932, 1942|
|5||Los Angeles Country Club||Los Angeles||1926, 1934-36, 1940|
|3||Griffith Park (Wilson course)^||Los Angeles||1937-39|
|1||El Caballero Country Club||Tarzana||1927|
Prior to World War II, the event led a nomadic existence in southern California, moving from course to course. The inaugural event 93 years ago in 1926 was played at Los Angeles Country Club in Los Angeles; in 1927 the event moved to El Caballero Country Club in Tarzana for the only time. In 1928, the event moved again to Wilshire Country Club in the Hancock Park neighborhood, and 1929 and 1930 saw the event's first foray to the Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades before returning again to Los Angeles for the next decade. From 1931-33, the event alternated between Wilshire CC and Hillcrest Country Club, before returning to Los Angeles CC from From the event was played at Griffith Park (Wilson course) and again at Los Angeles CC Babe Zaharias played in the being the first woman to play in a professional golf tournament for men.
In 1941, the event returned to Riviera CC and in 1942 was played again at Hillcrest CC before World War II intervened.
The event started up again in 1944 at Wilshire CC before spending the next nine years at Riviera CC, which also hosted the U.S. Open in June 1948, won by Ben Hogan in a record score. In 1954, the event was played at Fox Hills Country Club (now in Culver City) and in 1955 moved to Inglewood Country Club. From the event returned to Los Angeles at Rancho Park Golf Course, with the exception of 1968, which was at Brookside Golf Course in Pasadena, adjacent to the Rose Bowl.Jack Nicklaus made his professional debut at the 1962 Los Angeles Open - he scored 289 and finished in a tie for 50th and last place, receiving $33.33 in prize money.
The L.A. Open was traditionally the first event of the season, played in early January; it was a late January event in 1967 and 1968, and moved to the latter half of February in 1974. The year before, it began its current relationship with Riviera CC. The tournament has only twice been played at other courses since: Rancho Park Golf Course in 1983, while Riviera prepared to host the PGA Championship, and Valencia Country Club in 1998, while Riviera prepared to host the U.S. Senior Open. The event remained at Riviera in 1995, despite Riviera hosting the PGA Championship that and also remained in 2017, when the course hosted the U.S. Amateur.
In 1992, the Nissan Los Angeles Open at Riviera CC was the site of Tiger Woods' first PGA Tour event as an amateur player, as a high school Neither Woods nor Jack Nicklaus have won the event; Woods lost in a playoff in 1998 (at Valencia) and was again a runner-up the next year at Riviera, while Nicklaus' best finish was two strokes back in solo second in 1978. He had earned his first paycheck as a pro in the event in 1962 at Rancho Park, less than thirty four dollars.
The 2001 event was only the second time that a six-player playoff was needed in PGA Tour history to determine the tournament winner. Robert Allenby won the playoff ahead of Toshi Izawa, Brandel Chamblee, Bob Tway, Jeff Sluman, and Dennis Paulson.
In 2005, the tournament was shortened by 36 holes due to rain. Adam Scott defeated Chad Campbell on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff on a Monday. Due to the event's length, this win is counted as unofficial for Scott.
In 2007, Rich Beem made a hole-in-one at the 14th hole on Saturday to win a new red Altima coupe, which he immediately ascended, embraced, and sat atop of in triumph. The sequence was later made into a Nissan commercial. (video) Beem credited Peter Jacobsen for inspiring his reaction; Jacobsen aced the same hole thirteen years earlier in 1994 then hopped into the nearby 300ZX convertible and pretended to drive it.
In September 2007, it was originally announced that Bearing Point, a consulting firm based in McLean, Virginia, would become the new title sponsor of the tournament, but Northern Trust became the title sponsor beginning in February 2008. The five-year agreement, which extended through the 2012 event, was announced October 15, 2007, by PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem and William A. Osborn, Chairman and CEO of Northern Trust Corporation. The tournament became known as the Northern Trust Open, and the new partnership marks the beginning of a process of transformation for this high-profile tournament. As part of the initial move to enhance the tournament, the Northern Trust Open increased its purse to $6.2 million in 2008, an increase of $1 million over 2007. Additionally, the tournament pro-am went from four amateurs to three per group. After the initial 5-year agreement, it was extended 4 years to cover Northern Trust's partnership through the 2016 event.
Phil Mickelson won the 2008 tournament and successfully defended the title in 2009 with a one-stroke victory over Steve Stricker. In 2010, Stricker came back to win the Northern Trust Open and secure his ranking of the number two player in the world. In 2016, Bubba Watson won the tournament for a second time in three years, holding off Adam Scott and Jason Kokrak to win by one shot with a 15-under-par total.
Following the demise of the National in Washington, DC, which was run by the Tiger Woods Foundation, the tournament was converted to an invitational for 2020 with a larger purse.
The Genesis Invitational is one of only five tournaments given "invitational" status by the PGA Tour, and consequently it has a reduced field of only 120 players (as opposed to most full-field open tournaments with a field of 156 players). The other four tournaments with invitational status are the Arnold Palmer Invitational, RBC Heritage, the Fort Worth Invitational, and the Memorial Tournament. Invitational tournaments have smaller fields (between 120 and 132 players), and have more freedom than full-field open tournaments in determining which players are eligible to participate in their event, as invitational tournaments are not required to fill their fields using the PGA Tour Priority Ranking System. Furthermore, unlike full-field open tournaments, invitational tournaments do not offer open qualifying (aka Monday qualifying).
Beginning in 2020, the invitational field consists of 120 players invited using the following criteria:
In 2009, the tournament designated one unrestricted exemption for a player who represents the advancement of diversity in golf. The exemption is called the Charlie Sifford Memorial Exemption, in honor of pioneering black golfer and 1969 tournament winner Charlie Sifford. While most of the recipients have been of African-American descent, the 2015 exemption went to PGA Tour rookie Carlos Sainz, Jr., of Filipino and Bolivian descent; and the 2016 recipient, J. J. Spaun, is also of Filipino descent.
The 2018 exemption went to Cameron Champ, who nine months later became the first past recipient of this exemption to win on the PGA Tour when he won the Sanderson Farms Championship in the fall portion of the 2019 season.
|2019||J. B. Holmes||United States||270||-14||1 stroke||Justin Thomas||1,332,000||7,400,000|
|2018||Bubba Watson (3)||United States||272||-12||2 strokes|| Kevin Na
|2017||Dustin Johnson||United States||267||-17||5 strokes|| Scott Brown
|Northern Trust Open|
|2016||Bubba Watson (2)||United States||269||-15||1 stroke|| Jason Kokrak
|2015||James Hahn||United States||278||-6||Playoff|| Paul Casey
|2014||Bubba Watson||United States||269||-15||2 strokes||Dustin Johnson||1,206,000||6,700,000|
|2013||John Merrick||United States||273||-11||Playoff||Charlie Beljan||1,188,000||6,600,000|
|2012||Bill Haas||United States||277||-7||Playoff|| Keegan Bradley
|2011||Aaron Baddeley||Australia||272||-12||2 strokes||Vijay Singh||1,170,000||6,500,000|
|2010||Steve Stricker||United States||268||-16||2 strokes||Luke Donald||1,152,000||6,400,000|
|2009||Phil Mickelson (2)||United States||269||-15||1 stroke||Steve Stricker||1,134,000||6,300,000|
|2008||Phil Mickelson||United States||272||-12||2 strokes||Jeff Quinney||1,116,000||6,200,000|
|2007||Charles Howell III||United States||268||-16||Playoff||Phil Mickelson||936,000||5,200,000|||
|2006||Rory Sabbatini||South Africa||271||-13||1 stroke||Adam Scott||918,000||5,100,000|
|2005||Adam Scott||Australia||133^||-9||Playoff||Chad Campbell||864,000||4,800,000|||
|2004||Mike Weir (2)||Canada||267||-17||1 stroke||Shigeki Maruyama||864,000||4,800,000|
|2003||Mike Weir||Canada||275||-9||Playoff||Charles Howell III||810,000||4,500,000|
|2002||Len Mattiace||United States||269||-15||1 stroke|| Brad Faxon
|2001||Robert Allenby||Australia||276||-8||Playoff|| Brandel Chamblee
|2000||Kirk Triplett||United States||272||-12||1 stroke||Jesper Parnevik||558,000||3,100,000|
|1999||Ernie Els||South Africa||270||-14||2 strokes|| Davis Love III
|1998||Billy Mayfair||United States||272||-12||Playoff||Tiger Woods||378,000||2,100,000|||
|1997||Nick Faldo||England||272||-12||3 strokes||Craig Stadler||252,000||1,400,000|
|1996||Craig Stadler||United States||278||-6||1 stroke|| Mark Brooks
|1995||Corey Pavin (2)||United States||268||-16||3 strokes|| Jay Don Blake
|Nissan Los Angeles Open|
|1994||Corey Pavin||United States||271||-13||2 strokes||Fred Couples||180,000||1,000,000|
|1993||Tom Kite||United States||206*||-7||3 strokes|| Dave Barr
|1992||Fred Couples (2)||United States||269||-15||Playoff||Davis Love III||180,000||1,000,000|
|1991||Ted Schulz||United States||272||-12||1 stroke||Jeff Sluman||180,000||1,000,000|
|1990||Fred Couples||United States||266||-18||3 strokes||Gil Morgan||180,000||1,000,000|
|1989||Mark Calcavecchia||United States||272||-12||1 stroke||Sandy Lyle||180,000||1,000,000|
|Los Angeles Open presented by Nissan|
|1988||Chip Beck||United States||267||-17||4 strokes|| Mac O'Grady
|1987||Chen Tze-chung||Taiwan||275||-9||Playoff||Ben Crenshaw||108,000||600,000|
|Los Angeles Open|
|1986||Doug Tewell||United States||270||-14||7 strokes||Clarence Rose||81,000||450,000|
|1985||Lanny Wadkins (2)||United States||264||-20||7 strokes||Hal Sutton||72,000||400,000|
|1984||David Edwards||United States||279||-5||3 strokes||Jack Renner||72,000||400,000|
|Glen Campbell-Los Angeles Open|
|1983||Gil Morgan (2)||United States||270||-14||2 strokes|| Gibby Gilbert
|1982||Tom Watson (2)||United States||271||-13||Playoff||Johnny Miller||54,000||300,000|
|1981||Johnny Miller||United States||270||-14||2 strokes||Tom Weiskopf||54,000||300,000|
|1980||Tom Watson||United States||276||-8||1 stroke|| Bob Gilder
|1979||Lanny Wadkins||United States||276||-8||1 stroke||Lon Hinkle||45,000||250,000|
|1978||Gil Morgan||United States||278||-6||2 strokes||Jack Nicklaus||40,000||225,000|||
|1977||Tom Purtzer||United States||273||-11||1 stroke||Lanny Wadkins||40,000||225,000|
|1976||Hale Irwin||United States||272||-12||2 strokes||Tom Watson||37,000||185,000|
|1975||Pat Fitzsimons||United States||275||-9||4 strokes||Tom Kite||30,000||150,000|
|1974||Dave Stockton||United States||276||-8||2 strokes|| John Mahaffey
|1973||Rod Funseth||United States||276||-8||3 strokes|| Don Bies
|1972||George Archer||United States||270||-14||Playoff|| Tommy Aaron
|1971||Bob Lunn||United States||274||-10||Playoff||Billy Casper||22,000||110,000|
|Los Angeles Open|
|1970||Billy Casper (2)||United States||276||-8||Playoff||Hale Irwin||20,000||100,000|
|1969||Charlie Sifford||United States||276||-8||Playoff||Harold Henning||20,000||100,000|||
|1968||Billy Casper||United States||274||-10||3 strokes||Arnold Palmer||20,000||100,000|||
|1967||Arnold Palmer (3)||United States||269||-15||5 strokes||Gay Brewer||20,000||100,000|
|1966||Arnold Palmer (2)||United States||273||-11||3 strokes|| Miller Barber
|1965||Paul Harney (2)||United States||276||-8||3 strokes||Dan Sikes||12,000||75,000|
|1964||Paul Harney||United States||280||-4||1 stroke||Bobby Nichols||7,500||50,000|
|1963||Arnold Palmer||United States||274||-10||3 strokes|| Al Balding
|1962||Phil Rodgers||United States||268||-16||9 strokes|| Bob Goalby
|1961||Bob Goalby||United States||275||-9||3 strokes|| Eric Brown
Art Wall, Jr.
|1960||Dow Finsterwald||United States||280||-4||3 strokes|| Bill Collins
|1959||Ken Venturi||United States||278||-6||2 strokes||Art Wall, Jr.||5,300||35,000|
|1958||Frank Stranahan||United States||275||-9||3 strokes||Dutch Harrison||7,000||35,000|
|1957||Doug Ford||United States||280||-4||1 stroke||Jay Hebert||7,000||37,500|||
|1956||Lloyd Mangrum (4)||United States||272||-12||3 strokes||Jerry Barber||6,000||32,500|||
|1955||Gene Littler||United States||276||-8||2 strokes||Ted Kroll||5,000||25,000|||
|1954||Fred Wampler||United States||281||-3||1 stroke|| Jerry Barber
|1953||Lloyd Mangrum (3)||United States||280||-4||5 strokes||Jack Burke, Jr.||2,750||20,000|||
|1952||Tommy Bolt||United States||289||+5||Playoff||Jack Burke, Jr.||4,000||17,500|||
|1951||Lloyd Mangrum (2)||United States||280||-4||1 stroke||Henry Ransom||2,600||15,000|||
|1950||Sam Snead (2)||United States||280||-4||Playoff||Ben Hogan||2,600||15,000|||
|1949||Lloyd Mangrum||United States||284||E||3 strokes||Dutch Harrison||2,600||15,000|||
|1948||Ben Hogan (3)||United States||275||-9||4 strokes||Lloyd Mangrum||2,000||10,000|||
|1947||Ben Hogan (2)||United States||280||-4||3 strokes||Toney Penna||2,000||10,000|||
|1946||Byron Nelson||United States||284||E||5 strokes||Ben Hogan||2,667||13,333|||
|1945||Sam Snead||United States||283||-1||1 stroke|| Jug McSpaden
|1944||Jug McSpaden||United States||278||-6||3 strokes||Johnny Bulla||4,300||12,500|||
|1943||No tournament due to World War II|
|1942||Ben Hogan||United States||282||-6||Playoff||Jimmy Thomson||3,500||10,000|||
|1941||Johnny Bulla||United States||281||-3||2 strokes||Craig Wood||3,500||10,000|||
|1940||Lawson Little||United States||282||+2||1 stroke||Clayton Heafner||1,500||5,000|||
|1939||Jimmy Demaret||United States||274||-10||7 strokes||Jug McSpaden||1,650||5,000|||
|1938||Jimmy Thomson||Scotland||273||-11||4 strokes||Johnny Revolta||2,100||5,000|||
|1937||Harry Cooper (2)||United States||274||-10||5 strokes|| Ralph Guldahl
|1936||Jimmy Hines||United States||280||E||4 strokes|| Henry Picard
|1935||Vic Ghezzi||United States||285||+5||Playoff||Johnny Revolta||1,075||5,000|||
|1934||Macdonald Smith (4)||Scotland||280||E||8 strokes|| Wille Hunter
|1933||Craig Wood||United States||282||-2||4 strokes|| Leo Diegel
|1932||Macdonald Smith (3)||Scotland||281||-3||4 strokes|| Leo Diegel
Joe Kirkwood, Sr.
|1931||Ed Dudley||United States||285||+1||2 strokes|| Al Espinosa
|1930||Denny Shute||United States||296||+12||4 strokes|| Bobby Cruickshank
|1929||Macdonald Smith (2)||Scotland||285||+1||6 strokes||Tommy Armour||3,500||10,000|||
|1928||Macdonald Smith||Scotland||284||E||3 strokes||Harry Cooper||3,500||10,000|||
|1927||Bobby Cruickshank||Scotland||282||-6||6 strokes|| Ed Dudley
|1926||Harry Cooper||United States||279||-9||3 strokes||George Von Elm||3,500||10,000|||
Sixteen men have won this tournament more than once through 2019.