Tiger Woods to play upgraded Genesis Invitational

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – Tiger Woods (pic below) confirmed on Tuesday he will play in next year’s Genesis Invitational tournament in Los Angeles as the event showcases its elevated status for the first time.

The tournament at Riviera Country Club holds special significance for Woods, who made his PGA Tour debut at the event in 1992 as a 16-year-old amateur.

Previously known as the Genesis Open, the tournament, which is run by Woods’ charitable foundation, was boosted to invitational status last year. The change grants the winner a three-year tour exemption, gives the tournament a higher purse, and reduces the field from 144 players to 120.

The new-look competition will be similar to the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill.

“It’s an honour for us to be in the same category as Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer,” tournament host Woods said. “Those are two legends of the game.”