Genesis Open Field: Day, DJ, Spieth Headline At Riviera


The player field for this week’s Genesis Open at The Riviera Country Club sets up for what should be a first-class finish to the PGA Tour’s West Coast Swing.

World No. 1 Jason Day will enter the Genesis Open for the first time since 2012. The Aussie headlines a field that includes 8 of the top 10 golfers in the Official World Golf Ranking who will tee it up at Riviera and try to dethrone long-hitting defending champion Bubba Watson, a two-time winner at Riviera.

In addition to Day, top-ranked golfers set to compete in the Genesis Open include reigning U.S. Open champion, and PGA TOUR Player of the Year, Dustin Johnson; two-time major champion, and last week’s winner at Pebble Beach, Jordan Spieth; the two leading money winners on Tour: Hideki Matsuyama and Justin Thomas; 2013 Masters champion Adam Scott; and 2016 Olympic gold medalist Justin Rose.

“This year’s Genesis Open field will be among the best in all of golf.” tournament director Mike Antolini said. “We are proud to welcome the world’s best golfers to The Riviera Country Club and excited for all of our guests to experience the Genesis Open.”

Among the tournament’s sponsor exemptions are Belgian Thomas Pieters and American Sam Saunders, the grandson of the late Arnold Palmer, a three-time winner of the PGA TOUR event in Los Angeles in 1963, 1966 and 1967 and runner-up finisher in 1968.

“The Genesis Open is an event I have always wanted to play. It is an event that all of my peers rave about as one of the best of the year,” Saunders said. “The history that Riviera has speaks for itself, and I am excited to have an opportunity to be a part of that history. I hope to make my first start at the Genesis Open one to remember.”

Pieters has won three European Tour events in the past 18 months, placed fourth in the men’s golf competition at the 2016 Olympics, and led the 2016 European Ryder Cup team with a record of 4-1, setting the European record for Ryder Cup points as a rookie. In 2012, Pieters captured the NCAA Individual Championship at Riviera while playing for the University of Illinois.

Members of the 2016 United States Ryder Cup team competing in the field include J.B. Holmes, Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Kuchar, Mickelson, Ryan Moore, Patrick Reed, Brandt Snedeker, Spieth, Walker, and vice captains Steve Stricker, Watson and Jim Furyk, who will captain the United States squad in the 2018 Ryder Cup.

The 2017 Genesis Open field also boasts the tournament’s last eight champions dating back to 2007 — Watson (2014, 2016), James Hahn (2015), John Merrick (2013), Bill Haas (2012), Aaron Baddeley (2011), Stricker (2010), Mickelson (2008, 2009) and Charles Howell III (2007) — and winners of 10 of the 12 tournaments from the current PGA TOUR season including Justin Thomas (three-time winner in 2016-17) and Hideki Matsuyama (two-time winner in 2016-17).

Full Genesis Open Field

1Jason Day
3Dustin Johnson
5Hideki Matsuyama
6Jordan Spieth
7Adam Scott
8Justin Thomas
9Sergio Garcia
10Patrick Reed
12Justin Rose
15Bubba Watson
16Paul Casey
17Branden Grace
20Brooks Koepka
21Matt Kuchar
22Phil Mickelson
23Jimmy Walker
24Brandt Snedeker
27Charl Schwartzel
30Ryan Moore
31Francesco Molinari
32J.B. Holmes
36Kevin Chappell
38Scott Piercy
42Byeong Hun An
43Bill Haas
46Jim Furyk
47Thomas Pieters
51Shane Lowry
53Kevin Na
54Brendan Steele
56Soren Kjeldsen
59Webb Simpson
61Marc Leishman
62Siwoo Kim
65Charles Howell III
66Pat Perez
70Jhonattan Vegas
72Tony Finau
73James Hahn
74Charley Hoffman
75Billy Horschel
80Daniel Summerhays
81Anirban Lahiri
82Harris English
84Danny Lee
87Graeme McDowell
89Jim Herman
90Ryan Palmer
93Hudson Swafford
94Luke Donald
96Jamie Lovemark
97Fabian Gomez
104Brian Harman
106Adam Hadwin
107Jason Kokrak
108Keegan Bradley
109Ryo Ishikawa
110Mackenzie Hughes
111Robert Streb
113Patton Kizzire
117Martin Laird
119Chez Reavie
121Kevin Streelman
122Cameron Smith
123Harold Varner III
132Patrick Rodgers
136Billy Hurley III
140Bryson DeChambeau
141Wesley Bryan
142Aaron Baddeley
145Grayson Murray
148Jon Curran
150Padraig Harrington
152Brian Stuard
155Vaughn Taylor
162Ollie Schniederjans
165Kyle Reifers
171Kelly Kraft
176John Senden
180Geoff Ogilvy
181Alex Cejka
184Graham Delaet
185Luke List
186Derek Fathauer
187Bud Cauley
188David Hearn
191K.J. Choi
195Chad Campbell
196Cody Gribble
197Sunghoon Kang
198Troy Merritt
200Ben Martin
204Bryce Molder
205Johnson Wagner
216Vijay Singh
220Kyle Stanley
223John Huh
227Blayne Barber
231Scott Brown
233Ricky Barnes
238Michael Kim
241Tyrone van Aswegen
242Stewart Cink
248Cameron Tringale
272Meenwhee Kim
273Andrew Loupe
275Spencer Levin
282Zac Blair
286Jinho Choi
291Camilo Villegas
292Greg Chalmers
294Seungyul Noh
297Brett Stegmaier
328Ken Duke
334Nick Taylor
338Shawn Stefani
343Cameron Percy
349Rob Oppenheim
352Steven Bowditch
362Peter Malnati
374Morgan Hoffmann
375Ryan Blaum
377Ernie Els
405Steve Marino
409Ben Crane
426Sam Saunders(July1987)
442Chad Collins
475Nick Watney
482Mark Hubbard
509Hunter Mahan
556J.J. Henry
688Carl Pettersson
709Matt Every
788John Merrick
1294Charlie Beljan
1884Bob Estes
1884Michael Block
1884Rich Berberian, Jr.

Sources/Credits: Tiger Woods Foundation, Getty Images


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