The Genesis Open has been a longtime-tour stop that attracts some of the best players in the world, and this year is no different. Last year, Bubba Watson ended a long winless drought with his two-stroke victory over Tony Finau and Kevin Na. Headlining the field is Tiger Woods, who makes his tenth start in a tournament he has yet to win, a rarity for a player of his caliber; his best finish was a playoff loss to Billy Mayfair in 1998. Other notables in the field include Dustin Johnson, who is fresh off his victory two weeks ago in Saudi Arabia, the reigning Open Champion Francesco Molinari, and Rory McIlroy.
Riviera Country Club will host this tournament for the 56th time this year. This championship golf course has also hosted two PGA Championships along with a U.S. Open. The 18th hole is one of the longest and most difficult finishing holes on Tour, so anyone holding or tied for the lead will need a strong finish to hoist the trophy.
Players to Watch:
Rory McIlroy: This marks just the third time he has played in this event, but he has yet to finish outside of the top 20. Considered a ball-strikers golf course, if Rory can get it going with the driver and the putter, he will certainly be tough to beat.
Bubba Watson: Not only is he the defending champion, Bubba Watson has also won three of the last five Genesis Opens. The putter is his key; if he can make the short putts on these tricky greens, there’s no reason he can’t successfully defend his title.