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What to expect at the 2019 Genesis Open (hint: Tiger Woods)

February 5, 2019

The 2018-19 PGA Tour season is finally kicking into full gear, and in the second week of February the stars of the game (including Tiger Woods) will head to the 2019 Genesis Open in Los Angeles for what is sure to be one of the best fields of the new year. Here’s everything you need to know before tournament week begins.

When and Where

The Genesis Open is held at historic Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif. The course, which was built in 1926 by George C. Thomas Jr. and William P. Bell, first hosted this event in 1973. It traditionally marks the end of the West Coast swing that acts as the opening stretch of events each year on Tour.

The 2019 tournament will run Thursday, January 14, through Sunday, January 17.

Tiger’s Second Start of 2019

Most eyes will be on one man when the tournament begins: Tiger Woods. Woods is making just his second start of the season at the Genesis. He opened his season in January at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines. Despite a slow start, Tiger shot a 67 in the final round to finish T20. His last official event before that one was the 2018 Tour Championship, which he won to capture his 80th career victory.

Tiger grew up in Southern California, and this week has become a sort of homecoming for Woods. He will try and do better than he did at last year’s Genesis, where he shot 72 and 76 to miss the cut very early on in his comeback. The good news for Tiger fans: he’s only missed one other cut in the year since.

There’s one more reason the Genesis Open feels like a homecoming for Tiger…

TGR Foundation and the Genesis Open

The TGR Foundation, which Woods started with his father Earl Woods in 1996, helps to run the Genesis Open annually. Tiger plays the role of tournament host and typically runs exhibitions and special events throughout the week to benefit the foundation.

According the official website, the TGR Foundation “supports thousands of students in Southern California through various STEM education and college-access programs. Thanks to the generous support of the sponsors, fans and volunteers of Los Angeles, TGR Foundation continues to expand its reach to students and educators in LA through the Earl Woods Scholar Program and TGR EDU: Create professional development workshops.”

Who to Watch (other than Tiger)

The field will not be official until the evening of Friday, February 8, but several PGA Tour stars have made an early commitment to play in the tournament. Sergio Garcia will certainly attract plenty of attention when he makes his first start since a controversial DQ in Saudi Arabia last week. But the entire field is loaded with top pros, including World No. 3 Dustin Johnson (who just won the Saudi International), Justin Thomas, Bryson DeChambeau, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Bubba Watson, and many more.

All of this sets up the potential for one of the best tournaments of the year.