Tiger Woods at Genesis Invitational: Stats Explored

Published 02/12/2024, 6:00 PM EST

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Does Tiger Woods still have that spark? Most likely! How else could anyone explain having the same passion for golf as him? He was away from the greens for several months in 2023 due to his injuries and surgery but made two appearances towards the end of the year. The 48-year-old will be starting his 2024 PGA Tour at the Genesis Invitational. Naturally, it will make people wonder if he can perform at the same level as he used to!

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Well, the answer to that question is still up in the air. However, looking at the past performances of Woods at the Riviera Country Club will help. Shockingly, the numbers are not what the fans of the legendary golfer will be expecting!

Has Tiger Woods ever won the event he now proudly hosts?

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The event is a special one for the 48-year-old. It was at this very same golf course that the American golfer played his first-ever PGA Tour event in 1992. Now, almost 28 years later, in 2020, he started hosting the very same event. While the event holds a key place in his professional journey, he has never lifted the trophy at this event.

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The American golfer has appeared a total of 14 times at this event. For ten years, starting in 2007, Tiger Woods stopped playing in this event. But he returned to the illustrious event in 2018. However, he again missed out on the 2021 and 2022 events due to health issues. His latest attendance came last year when he had a forgetful performance.

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In all 14 of his appearances, his best one came in the last millennium. In 1998, he lost to Billy Mayfair in the playoffs, settling for the runner-up spot. Below are all the stars for the 48-year-old at the Riviera Country Club event.

YearResultRound 1Round 2Round 3Round 4Score
1992CUT7275
1993CUT7478
1997T2070707269-3
1998T268736566-12
1999T269686570-12
2000T1868706972-5
2001T1371686971-5
2003T572687365-6
2004T772667264-10
2005T136770-5
2006W/D6974
2018CUT7276
2019T1570716572-6
2020T6869737677+11
2023T4569746773-1

The 48-year-old will be looking to update his best finish at the Genesis Invitational this year. Interestingly, there is one more major name missing from the winner’s list of the Riviera Country Club event.

Prominent golfers who have won the Genesis Invitational

While the 15x major champion has never won the event, his idol, Jack Nicklaus, also suffers the same fate. The two of them have only managed to secure a runner-up finish at the event, with Nicklaus’ coming in 1978.

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Interestingly, many golfers who have won this event are now part of the breakaway league. Joaquin Niemann (2022), Dustin Johnson (2017), Phil Mickelson (2008, 2009), Bubba Watson (2014, 2016, 2018), and the defending champion Jon Rahm now play in LIV Golf.

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Bubba Watson, Arnold Palmer, and Ben Hogan are the only three golfers who have won it three times. As Hogan was the first to do so, the course is now dubbed ‘Hogan’s Alley’. But the person who hosts the event is still missing a top-spot finish. Do you think 2024 is the year for Tiger Woods? Let us know in the comments section below.

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