2018 Genesis Open Should be The Best In Years!
Dates: February 12-18, 2018
Where: Riviera Country Club; Pacific Palisades, CA
Field: 144; Format: 72-hole stroke play
Defending Champion: Dustin Johnson
Purse: $7,200,000; Winner’s Share: $1,296,000 (winner also receives Genesis G80 Sport)
Tiger Woods makes his first visit Since 2006 to the historic Los Angeles PGA Tour event. But I’m looking for more than that at Riviera this week.
I don’t get the chance to write much here because there are people around me that do a much better job at this than I, but it’s good to get back to it and for some reason, this weeks event is shaping up to be something to watch.
First, Tigers Woods back, so I know a lot of us believe that he is good for the game and the ratings cause you never know what you are going to see from him. There are more thoughts here than that though, like the big names showing up this week to claim there share of the prize.
Mike Antolini, the tournament director this week, knows they’ve struck gold. “When you have Riviera, you have the West Coast swing, and you have the history, and you have L.A. and you have California in February, the stars really align.
Tiger’s schedule since his health issues became mostly predictable, and he was healthy enough to play, golf fans wanted to see him. Over the years we have all been caught saying “Well He’s Done”, but he never quit’s trying so we keep watching. you have to know that that really matters in a tournament which he plays the host. Torry Pines, Doral, Bay Hill we kind of expected him to play if he was healthy enough. So this is his “hometown event,” and the place he made his first PGA Tour start and him being gone so long has hurt the event as well in my opinion.
I think this course is one of the best on the schedule and it is his career legacy getting back here and serving as the host again according to Mike Antolini, the tournament director this week.
It is to be expected if Tiger is playing, in any event, the hype knob is turned way up and that’s good for the rating no matter where you’re playing the event.”
I’m Happy Tiger is back at Riviera so much history here for him and because he is back so are the other top 10 players in the world.
Dustin Johnson, the world No. 1 and defending champion, described as only he can, how Tiger “definitely brings an aura to an event that makes it a little more special.”
So while we wait a little bit longer for the Masters and the other big major events for 2018, half the east coast is curled up by the fire with either snow or rain, so I’m sure they will be tunning in to see what happens.
Antolini said. “Riviera is such a beloved course with the world’s best players. I mean, they love it.”
Riviera is a fun course to play no matter how good you are, it is playable for almost any skill level and It certainly is on my bucket list to visit.
There’s a short drivable par-4 with a postage stamp size green. It’s arguably one of the four or five best par-4s in the world. There’s an awesome 18th-hole amphitheater as the course marches out of a canyon and back up to the clubhouse perched above it all. The crowd there gets wild too!
Ready or not here we go golf fans, the 2018 PGA Tour Season is here!
Thanks to the PGA Tour for all of the hard work they do 48 events a year and providing our golf fans quality events that help grow the game.
Let’s Make Golf Great Again in 2018!