Willie Mack III gains spot reserved for minority golfer in Genesis Invitational, honoring late Charlie Sifford by promoting diversity
Announced: By Tiger Woods, host of the PGA Tour’s Genesis Invitational, that Willie Mack III will receive the annual exemption into the field in honor of the late Charlie Sifford. The exemption, awarded since 2009, is designed to promote diversity in golf. The tournament is scheduled for Feb. 18-21 at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif. The $9.3 million event, which benefits Woods’ TGR Foundation, is the final stop on the five-tournament West Coast Swing before the PGA Tour heads to Florida in the annual buildup for the Masters in April. Woods named his son Charlie in honor of Sifford, who died in 2015 at age 92. Sifford competed for most of his career against Black golfers who were segregated from the PGA of America’s forerunner to today’s PGA Tour. Upon gaining access to the PGA Tour in the 1960s near the end of his career, Sifford won twice, including the 1969 Los Angeles Open, which is known today by its sponsor’s name, the Genesis Invitational. Sifford was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2004. Mack competes on the Advocates Pro Golf Association Tour and Florida Professional Golf Tour, having won player-of-the-year honors on both tours in 2019. It will be the first start on the PGA Tour for Mack. He has made one cut in four career starts in recent years on the developmental Latinoamerica and Korn Ferry tours.
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