Host of PGA Tour's Genesis Invitational commits to play, too
Committed: Tiger Woods, to the 2020 Genesis Invitational, in which he serves as tournament host, organizers announced. The tournament, held at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif., is where Woods made his PGA Tour debut as a 16-year-old amateur in 1992. Woods will have plenty of practice doing double duty at a tournament by next year, after he serves as a player-captain in the upcoming Presidents Cup. Woods, a native of Southern California, skipped the L.A. event from 2007 through 2017 before returning last year. Woods, whose 82 victories are tied with Sam Snead for the Tour’s all-time mark, has not won the Riviera stop, which debuted in 1926 as the Los Angeles Open. The Genesis Invitational will be played Feb. 13-16 and offer a $9.3 million purse, up from $7.4 million this year, and trim the field size from 144 to 120 under its newly elevated status on Tour. The winner will receive a three-year exemption on the PGA Tour, similar to what is awarded at the Memorial Tournament and the Arnold Palmer Invitational, which are tied to two of the game’s all-time greats, Jack Nicklaus and the late Arnold Palmer, respectively.
Increased: The purse at the 2020 Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational, to $2.3 million, making the second-year LPGA event the highest-paying non-major, non-tour championship, the tour announced. The two-player team event, set for July 15-18 in Midland, Mich., will award $559,000 to the winning team. The event will feature foursomes and four-ball play. This summer, American Cydney Clanton and Thai Jasmine Suwannapura won the inaugural event, which offered a $2 million purse.