The Los Angeles Open - The Origins of Genesis

18-Feb-2021

Origins of the Genesis Invitational

The Genesis Invitational was first played as the Los Angeles Open, in 1926, 95 years ago.


The Los Angeles Open retained its name until 1971 and thereafter included that as part of its name until 1995, when it became the Nissan Open. In 2008 it became the Northern Trust Open and in 2017 the Genesis Open. In 2020 it became the Genesis Invitational.

The Genesis Invitational is one of only five tournaments given "invitational" status by the PGA Tour.  Invitational tournaments have smaller fields and have more freedom in determining who is eligible to participate. The winner is granted a three-year tour exemption, rather than two.

In 1929 the Los Angeles Open was first held at the Riviera, and it was there again in 1930.  From 1973 the Riviera became in effect the permanent home of the event.  It has only twice been held elsewhere since then, in 1983 and in 1998.

This year's defending champion, Australian Adam Scott, first won here in 2005 after a playoff.  However that year the tournament was shortened to 36 holes due to rain, and because of that his win was not counted.  His 2020 win by two strokes may have felt to some extent as vindication.

The brief footage above is of the 1937 Los Angeles Open win by English-American golfer Harry Cooper, nicknamed 'Lighthorse Harry' (heard on the film).


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