PGA TOUR Winners commit to 2021 Genesis Invitational
As the field for the 2021 Genesis Invitational takes shape, the world’s best golfers once again have circled Riviera on their calendars. Let’s take a look at the players who won on the PGA TOUR since last year’s Genesis Invitational and are currently committed to play in the 2021 tournament.
- Patrick Cantlay – born in Long Beach, CA, Patrick Cantlay played college golf at UCLA. No wonder he felt at home in October when the ZOZO Championship @ Sherwood was held just down the road from his old stomping grounds. Down four shots heading into the final round, Cantlay made up ground on Sunday to earn his third career PGA TOUR win and his first in two years.
- Stewart Cink – when the 2020-2021 season opened in Napa, CA in early September, it had been more than a decade since Stewart Cink’s last win on the PGA TOUR. When he hoisted the wine barrel trophy on Sunday at the Safeway Open, Cink closed a gap of 4,074 days since his last victory – a major victory at the 2009 Open Championship. During the week in Napa, Cink had his son Reagan on the bag making it a family victory for Cink who captured his seventh PGA TOUR win.
- Sungjae Im – It took 50 starts on the PGA TOUR for Sungjae Im to earn his first PGA TOUR win. With birdies on five of his last six holes, Im ran his lead to one-shot to earn the victory at the 2020 Honda Classic. While the win was Im’s first on the PGA TOUR, he also has two career victories on the Korn Ferry Tour and an international victory at the 2019 Genesis Championship.
- Dustin Johnson – What a season for the 2017 winner at Riviera. Dustin Johnson won four times and was named the 2020 PGA TOUR Player of the Year. Victories at the 2020 Travelers Championship, Northern Trust, and Tour Championship helped propel the world’s top-ranked golf to player of the year honors. Proving worthy of his ranking, Johnson capped off the 2020 calendar year with a victory in November at The Masters.
- Jason Kokrak – Heading into The CJ Cup @ Shadow Creek, Jason Kokrak’s best finish on TOUR was T2, something he had done three times, including once at Riviera in 2016. That all changed at Shadow Creek in Las Vegas also the home course of Tiger Jam. Facing a three-shot deficit to start the final round, Kokrak outdueled Xander Schauffele to earn his first PGA TOUR win. For Kokrak, his first PGA TOUR win came in his 10th season and his 233rd tournament.
- Matt Kuchar – A tie for second at the 2020 Genesis Invitational was Matt Kuchar’s best finish of the 2020 calendar year. That changed in December when he and teammate Harris English won the QEB Shootout. Kuchar and English set a tournament record with their nine-shot victory. It was also the team’s third win at the QEB Shootout having won the event previously in 2013 and 2016.
- Martin Laird – A three-man playoff took place in Vegas and Martin Laird came up aces. With a playoff victory over Matt Wolff and Austin Cook, Laird won the Shriners Hospital for Children Open, his first win on the PGA TOUR in more than seven years. The win was Laird’s fourth career victory and was his second victory at the Shriners Hospital for Children Open, having won the event in 2009 – his first career victory.
- Kevin Na – Coming from three shots behind with six holes to play, Kevin Na won the Sony Open with a one-shot victory after making a birdie on the final hole. After 10 years on the PGA TOUR with no victories, the win was Na’s fifth career victory and was his fourth victory in less than three years.
- Carlos Ortiz – Not many people can say they held off Dustin Johnson in 2020. Carlos Ortiz not only can say it, but he did it. With a two-shot victory over Johnson and Hideki Matsuyama, Ortiz won the Vivint Houston Open, his first career PGA TOUR win.
- Jon Rahm – Posting six top-10 finishes in his last eight starts leading up to the annual stop in Ohio, Jon Rahm won the 2020 Memorial Tournament to earn his fourth PGA TOUR victory and moved to No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking for the first time in his career. The win was followed by Rahm defeating Dustin Johnson in a playoff at the 2020 BMW Championship, holing a nearly 67-foot birdie putt on the first extra hole to win, marking his first multi-win season on the PGA TOUR.
- Robert Streb – There is something familiar for Robert Streb at Sea Island, GA. The sight of his first PGA TOUR win in 2015, Streb earned his second career victory, and second tournament victory, at The RSM Classic this past November. Like his first win, it took a playoff for Streb to emerge victorious. But a win is a win.
- Michael Thompson – Nearly 3,000 days after his first PGA TOUR win at the 2013 Honda Classic, Michael Thompson notched his second career victory with a win at the 3M Open. As Thompson approached the 72nd hole, he needed a par to seal his win. He did better than par, pouring in a 15-foot birdie putt to earn a two-shot victory.
- Richy Werenski – On the PGA TOUR, you want to post the lowest score possible, except if you’re playing in the Barracuda Championship. Using a Modified Stableford scoring format, the Barracuda Championship awards points for birdies, eagles and albatrosses while subtracting points for bogies and double bogies. Par is worth no points. Richy Werenski posted a +13 final round to earn a one-point victory on Tahoe Mountain in August.
As the 2021 Genesis Invitational approaches, additional player commitments will be announced.
Commitments listed above as of Jan. 20, 2021
Player commitments are not official until the commitment deadline on Friday, February 12. Commitments and the player field can change at any time.