• Tiger, DJ ready for Genesis Open

    DJ at the Genesis Open
    DJ excelled in 2017

    A stellar field featuring Tiger Woods and world No 1 Dustin Johnson is set to take on the Riviera Country Club as the Genesis Open tees off from 15-18 February.

    Woods will be making his 11th start at his hometown venue, although it has proven to be an unhappy hunting ground.

    ‘I can’t tell you how excited I am to be able to host and play in the 2018 Genesis Open at Riviera. Unfortunately, last year my back was in bad shape and I was unable to participate,’ said Woods.

    ‘What a difference a year makes. I had fusion surgery last April, and recently competed in the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines, my first full-field event in a year and only my second since August of 2015. I finished T23, and all in all, it was a very positive start.

    ‘It felt so good to be back with the guys and compete again. Words can’t describe how much I missed it.  Most importantly, I was pain-free.’

    Woods has failed to win in all 10 previous starts at a course where Ernie Els famously denied him in 1999. The Big Easy is among the entrants this week as he makes up a group of experienced stars including Phil Mickelson (a back-to-back winner at Riviera in 2008-09), Vijay Singh and another South African Retief Goosen.

    Joining Els and Goosen in the field are compatriots 2017 NGC winner Branden Grace, Charl Schwartzel, who is making his first start on the PGA Tour this season, and Tyrone van Aswegen.

    Johnson defends this week after failing to get it done at Pebble Beach. Last year, this event launched him to three wins on the bounce before his fall prevented him from contending at The Masters.

    There are nine previous winners in the field including Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas.

    Looking to bounce back from last week’s disappointment is Rory McIlroy. After impressing in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, the Northern Irishman missed the cut at Pebble Beach as he struggled with his game. Fellow European Tour members Thomas Pieters (who shared runner-up honours last year as a sponsor exemption), 2017 Race to Dubai champion Tommy Fleetwood, China’s Haotong Li – fresh off a win in Dubai – and Martin Kaymer have all made the trip to Riviera.

    Despite the presence of a strong field, the main attraction is likely to be Woods.

    ‘The buzz surrounding this year’s Genesis Open is off the charts and for good reason,’ tournament director Mike Antolini said.

    ‘We’re all excited for Tiger’s return to Riviera for the first time in more than a decade. He’ll join a field of golf’s top young stars and established greats vying to become the next Genesis Open champion.’

    2018 GENESIS OPEN FIELD:

    Abraham Ancer
    Ryan Armour
    Aaron Baddeley
    Sangmoon Bae
    Charlie Beljan
    Daniel Berger
    Ryan Blaum
    Jonas Blixt
    Dominic Bozzelli
    Keegan Bradley
    Scott Brown
    Wesley Bryan
    Rafa Cabrera Bello
    Chad Campbell
    Patrick Cantlay
    Paul Casey
    Bud Cauley
    Greg Chalmers
    Cameron Champ**
    Kevin Chappell
    K.J. Choi
    Austin Cook
    Jon Curran
    Bryson DeChambeau
    Luke Donald
    Tyler Duncan
    Ernie Els
    Harris English
    Matt Every
    Derek Fathauer
    Tony Finau
    Tommy Fleetwood
    Martin Flores
    Jim Furyk*
    Brice Garnett
    Brian Gay
    Lucas Glover
    Fabián Gómez
    Talor Gooch
    Retief Goosen
    Branden Grace
    Cody Gribble
    Bill Haas
    Adam Hadwin
    James Hahn
    Brandon Harkins
    Padraig Harrington*
    J.J. Henry
    Jim Herman
    Charley Hoffman
    Morgan Hoffmann
    Tom Hoge
    J.B. Holmes
    Billy Horschel
    Beau Hossler
    Charles Howell III
    John Huh
    Billy Hurley III
    Stephan Jaeger
    Dustin Johnson
    Sung Kang
    Smylie Kaufman
    Martin Kaymer
    Michael Kim
    Seunghyuk Kim*
    Si Woo Kim
    Whee Kim
    Jason Kokrak
    Kelly Kraft
    Matt Kuchar
    Anirban Lahiri
    Martin Laird
    Andrew Landry
    Danny Lee
    Marc Leishman
    Haotong Li*
    Nicholas Lindheim
    David Lingmerth
    Luke List
    Andrew Loupe
    Jamie Lovemark
    Shane Lowry
    Peter Malnati
    Graeme McDowell
    William McGirt
    Rory McIlroy
    John Merrick
    Phil Mickelson
    Francesco Molinari
    Ryan Moore
    Kevin Na
    Alex Noren
    Sean O’Hair
    Geoff Ogilvy
    C.T. Pan
    Pat Perez
    Thomas Pieters
    Martin Piller
    D.A. Points
    Vinnie Poncino
    Ted Potter, Jr.
    Jonathan Randolph
    Chez Reavie
    Patrick Rodgers
    Sam Saunders*
    Xander Schauffele
    Adam Schenk
    Ollie Schniederjans
    Charl Schwartzel
    Adam Scott
    Ben Silverman
    Vijay Singh
    Cameron Smith
    J.J. Spaun
    Jordan Spieth
    Scott Stallings
    Kyle Stanley
    Brendan Steele
    Shawn Stefani
    Robert Streb
    Kevin Streelman
    Chris Stroud
    Brian Stuard
    Nick Taylor
    Vaughn Taylor
    Justin Thomas
    Kevin Tway
    Peter Uihlein
    Tyrone Van Aswegen
    Harold Varner III
    Jhonattan Vegas
    Camilo Villegas
    Jimmy Walker
    Nick Watney
    Bubba Watson
    Aaron Wise
    Tiger Woods
    Xinjun Zhang
    Open Qualifier
    Open Qualifier
    Open Qualifier
    Open Qualifier
    Web.com Restricted Exemption*
    Collegiate Showcase Winner*

    *Exemption
    **Charlie Sifford Memorial Exemption

     

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