When the world’s best tee it up at Riviera each year, there is an opportunity for one PGA TOUR professional to write his name in the record books. But the opportunities provided by the Genesis Open go far beyond the golf course. While golf’s biggest stars head to Los Angeles each February, the impact of their visit can be seen year-round as proceeds from the Genesis Open benefit TGR Foundation and its education and college-access programs.
The list of PGA TOUR winners in Los Angeles is a who’s who of the golf world. To pick the greatest of the PGA TOUR winners in LA would be too difficult a task. But to pick the most impactful, look no further than Charlie Sifford’s tournament victory in 1969.
Some of the nation’s leading names in athletics and education are teaming up to be part of the world-class Carol Kimmelman Athletic and Academic Campus – envisioned as one of the largest and most extraordinary community-serving sports and education centers in America.
Meet Yohanne Ndoumbe, an Earl Woods Scholar at TGR Foundation. Yohanne currently attends Woodbury University in Burbank, California far away from her home in Washington D.C. Yohanne attended the Genesis Open at The Riviera Country Club as a volunteer at the TGR Learning Lab tent in Family Village.
Heading into the 2018 Genesis Open, Bubba Watson already had his name in the Riviera history book. Twice, in fact. But if twice is nice, three times is legendary. That’s what Watson became when he won the 2018 Genesis Open, his third tournament title in five years.
Tiger Woods has announced Tim O’Neal as the recipient of the Charlie Sifford Memorial Exemption for the 2019 Genesis Open. Awarded since 2009, the exemption has represented the advancement of diversity in the game of golf. 2019 marks the 50thanniversary of Sifford’s 1969 LA Open victory, his second and final PGA TOUR victory.
The unforgettable experiences at TGR Live events extend beyond players and fans. Students and educators have unique opportunities to connect, learn and share their stories. Earlier this year during the Genesis Open, Andy Ho, an Earl Woods Scholar and sophomore at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), had the opportunity to sit down with our founder, Tiger Woods. Andy had a chance to flip the script, putting Tiger in the hot seat and learning about his days at Western High School, Stanford University and his golf career.
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. What a difference a year makes.
Tiger Woods has announced Cameron Champ as the recipient of the Charlie Sifford Memorial Exemption for the 2018 Genesis Open. Since 2009, the exemption has represented the advancement of diversity in the game of golf. Champ will join the field of 144 players at The Riviera Country Club February 12-18.
Representing the advancement of diversity in the game of golf, Kevin M. Hall has been awarded the Charlie Sifford Memorial Exemption to play in the 2017 Genesis Open. Hall is set to join the field of 144 players at The Riviera Country Club, Feb. 16-19.