2024 Genesis Invitational: How Is Field at the Tiger Woods-Hosted Event Determined?

Published 02/13/2024, 12:14 AM EST

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It’s the seventh event of the season on the Jay Monahan-led circuit. More importantly, it’s the 2024 PGA Tour debut of Tiger Woods. The 98th edition of the tournament is slated to be held from the 15th of February until the 18th at the Riviera Country Club. Interestingly, being a signature event on the circuit, it would only boast a field of 71 professionals duking it out on the greens.

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The group of 71 golfers would be battling it out for a cut of a $20 million prize purse and 700 FedEx Cup points. Meanwhile, the community becomes naturally curious as to what criteria an athlete needs to fulfill to become part of such a limited-field event and have a shot at the rewards mentioned above.

The field at the Tiger Woods-hosted PGA Tour event

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The third signature event of the PGA Tour schedule will have a 36-hole cut for the top 50 and ties. But, to get to the same, a pro has to qualify for the event that the 48-year-old hosts. What are they? Well, the majority of the field at the tourney would showcase a total of 41 golfers from the top 50 players on the 2023 FedEx Cup points list.

Aside from the top 50, there are many other standards according to which the field is determined. The other criteria include professionals who are part of the Aon Next 10 (51–60 in the 2023 FedEx Cup fall standings), the leading finisher from the Race to Dubai rankings, the Aon Swing 5, 2024 PGA Tour event champions, sponsor exemptions, the top 30 in the OWGR, and the Charlie Sifford Memorial Exemption.

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Many, including the likes of the current World No. 1 Scottie Scheffler, No. 2 Rory McIlroy, and 2023 FedEx Cup champion Viktor Hovland, among others, would be teeing it off at the tournament. Moreover, the field also features a total of 15 past major champions, including Collin Morikawa, Jordan Spieth, and others.

Meanwhile, after the completion of the WM Phoenix Open, a certain golfer was added to the field owing to his exceptional finish at the event. Who is it, you ask? Who else but Charley Hoffman!

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Charley Hoffman fights his way into the Genesis Invitational

The golfer was able to finish T2 at the recent tournament, earning him a total of 300 FedEx Cup points, which placed him inside the Aon Swing 5. As per the same, the top 5 professionals who accumulated the most points between the signature events would be granted entry into the Genesis invitational, which he was able to rake in through a 21-under 263.

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His reaction? He was visibly excited as he said, “I guess I’m playing next week and not going skiing.” Well, he truly deserves the qualification. Moreover, it comes off as extra sweet since he was able to get in after Woods was unable to provide him with an exemption owing to it all being “taken”. “I’ll play my way in,” he said, and play his way in he did. Nothing short of an inspiring story by the 47-year-old.

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Allan Abe

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Allan Abe is a Golf Writer at EssentiallySports. He shares a longtime passion for the sport, having idolized players like Bubba Watson and Adam Scott as a child. Armed with his Master’s Degree in English, Allan has covered many themes in golf as a beat writer with more than 800 articles and excels at live coverage and a hole-to-hole analysis of events.
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