This week on the PGA Tour: the Genesis Open.
- Where: Par-71, 7,322-yard Riviera Country Club, Pacific Palisades, Calif.
- When: Thursday-Sunday
- Who: 156 players, cut after 36 holes to top 70 and ties
- Why: $7 million purse; $1.224 million and 500 FedEx Cup points to winner
On The Tee: This Week’s Top 5 Storylines
TIGER TROUBLES: Tiger Woods won’t be playing the Genesis Open after all. The 14-time major winner’s latest comeback attempt was short-lived as he withdrew from the Omega Desert Dubai Classic two weeks ago because of a back spasm. He then announced that he would miss this week’s start at Riviera along with next week’s Honda Classic. Woods will speak to the media at 11 a.m. Pacific on Wednesday at Riviera.
CAN SPIETH GO BACK-TO-BACK? Jordan Spieth enters this week coming off a big victory at Pebble Beach. The win was Spieth’s first PGA Tour victory since last year’s Dean and DeLuca Invitational. Spieth is still No. 6 in the world, but he’s arguably one of the hottest golfers on the planet along with Hideki Matsuyama. Spieth has yet to finish worse than T-9 in sic worldwide starts since last season’s Tour Championship. That span includes two wins, and a pair of top-3 finishes in Hawaii to kick off 2017. Spieth’s track record at Riviera is mixed. He missed the cut last year, as well as in 2012 as an amateur, but was T-12 in 2014 and T-4 in 2015. Spieth also won an NCAA Championship with Texas at Riviera in 2012. (The individual medalist that year, Thomas Pieters, is also in the field this week.)
BUBBA DEFENDS: Bubba Watson is the defending champion of the Genesis Open, but Watson enters this year’s event not playing his best golf. In fact, Watson hasn’t notched a top 10 in a full-field, official PGA Tour event since his win last year at Riviera. He is now the 15th-ranked player in the world.
FEEL INSPIRED: There is arguably no story more inspirational this week than that of sponsor exemption Kevin Hall. Hall, deaf since age 2, will compete this week thanks to the Charlie Sifford Memorial Exemption. Click the link below to read more about the 34-year-old Hall.
SCOTTY, SERGIO RETURN: Adam Scott and Sergio Garcia will make their 2017 PGA Tour debuts this week at Riviera. Scott is ranked No. 7 in the world and hasn’t finished outside the top 15 in his last five worldwide starts. Garcia, the world’s ninth-ranked golfer, is coming off a victory at the European Tour’s Omega Dubai Desert Classic.