tournament history

A storied past

The Genesis Open is ready to continue the tradition of excellence by providing exciting PGA TOUR professional golf to the fans in Los Angeles and throughout the world. Debuting in 1926 at Los Angeles Country Club as the Los Angeles Open, the tournament was staged at various courses throughout the Los Angeles area before permanently settling at The Riviera Country Club in 1973. Known as the site of Jack Nicklaus’ professional debut, Tiger Woods’ first PGA TOUR tournament and with 25 champions in the World Golf Hall of Fame, the course has seen many major moments in golf history.

In 2018, Bubba Watson won the tournament for a third time, becoming the fifth person to do so and the second to record all three wins at Riviera.

  • 2010-present

    2018 tournament

    Weather delays during Rounds 1 and 2 of the 2017 Genesis Open caused unique playing circumstances on Sunday of tournament week. At 7 a.m., Dustin Johnson stepped to the tee at The Riviera Country Club for his third round. At 12:15 p.m., after 18 holes, Johnson again stepped to the 1st tee and started his fourth round. At 5:07 p.m., Johnson completed his 36th hole of the day and celebrated as champion of the Genesis Open.

    For Johnson, winning the 2017 Genesis Open was the start of one of the best stretches in golf over the past few years. Johnson, who ascended to the world’s number 1 ranking the day after his win at Riviera, went on to win the next two tournaments he played following the Genesis Open.


    2010: By winning the tournament, Stricker secured the No. 2 ranking in the world.

    2012: Bill Haas defeated Mickelson and Keegan Bradley with a birdie on No. 10, the second playoff hole.

    2013: John Merrick became the first champion from Los Angeles County by defeating Charlie Beljan with a par-4 on No. 10, the second playoff hole.

    2014: Bubba Watson’s bogey-free weekend led to a two-shot victory over Dustin Johnson.

    2015: James Hahn won his first PGA TOUR tournament in a three-hole playoff over Paul Casey and Dustin Johnson.

    2016: Watson captures his second title in three years at Riviera.

    2017: Dustin Johnson claims the Genesis Open trophy after playing 36 holes on Sunday.

    2018: Watson captures his third title in five years at Riviera.

  • 1980-2009

    Significant Moments

    1982: Tom Watson defeated Johnny Miller in one of the greatest comeback victories in tournament history.

    1992: Tiger Woods played in his first PGA TOUR event as an amateur at the age of 16.

    1995: Corey Pavin became only the fifth player with back-to-back tournament wins, joining Smith, Hogan, Palmer and Paul Harney.

    2004: Mike Weir became the sixth player to win back-to-back tournaments.

    2007: Charles Howell III defeated Phil Mickelson on the third playoff hole.

    2008: Mickelson seized control from Jeff Quinney on the back nine and closed with a 1-under 70 for a two-shot victory, the 33rd of his career.

    2009: Mickelson became the seventh player to win back-to-back tournaments, capturing the victory by one stroke over Steve Stricker.

  • 1950-1979

    Significant Moments

    1952: Joe Louis became the first African-American to compete in a PGA TOUR event.

    1956: Lloyd Mangrum won the tournament for the fourth time, something only MacDonald Smith had previously accomplished.

    1962: Jack Nicklaus won his first professional paycheck, earning $33.33.

    1967: Arnold Palmer won the tournament for the third time with a four-day total of 269, just one off the record held by Phil Rogers.

    1969: Charlie Sifford, the first African-American member of the PGA TOUR, won the tournament.

  • 1926-1949

    Significant Moments

    1926: The Los Angeles Junior Chamber of Commerce put up a $10,000 purse — the richest prize in professional golf — for the first playing of the tournament.

    1929: The tournament became the first event to be broadcast on radio.

    1938: “Babe” Didrickson Zaharias became the first woman to play in a PGA TOUR event.

    1942: Ben Hogan won his first title at Riviera.

    1945: Sam Snead birdied the 18th hole on the final day to defeat Byron Nelson by one stroke.

    1947: Hogan set a course record with a score of 280.

    1948: Hogan won both the U.S. Open and the Genesis Open at the Riviera Country Club, causing many to begin calling the club “Hogan’s Alley.”