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Woods’ Genesis Open given elevated ‘invitational’ status on PGA Tour

The Genesis Open, a professional golf tournament which is hosted by Tiger Woods, has been given an elevated status on the PGA Tour, with the implementation of several enhancements, beginning in 2020.

The purse will grow by $1.9m to $9.3m (€8.26m), among the largest on the Tour; it will have an invitational field that will be reduced to 120 players (from 144); while the champion will receive a three-year PGA Tour exemption.

The improved status means the event at Riviera Country Club in Southern California will have the same standing as tournaments associated with Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus.

It also means the event is likely to get an improved playing field and, in turn, greater commercial revenues.