Tiger's Back, Riviera Wiill Be Mobbed This Week
Monday, February 12, 2024

    Tiger hasn't teed it up since last April at The Masters and he'll make his return this week in the tournament he's affiliated with, the Genesis Invitational at famed Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, California. With Tiger in the fold, huge crowds can be expected to swarm over the par-71, 7,322-yard layout.

    There is no defending champ since last year's winner, Jon Rahm, defected to the not-doing-so-well LIV golf tour. Rahm shot 17 under par and collected $3.6 million, obviously not enough to satisfy his rich tastes. Runner-up Max Homa, who was 15 under and earned $2,180,000, is returning, along with third-place Patrick Cantlay (14 under, $1,380,000) and fourth-place Will Zalatoris (13 under, $980,000). 

    Also in the top-flight field are Nick Taylor and Charley Hoffman, 1-2 in the WM Phoenix Open, which wound up yesterday. Hoffman, 47, hadn't won since 2016 and appeared to be on his way to breaking that streak until Taylor made some late birdies, and they finished in a tie at 21 under par. Taylor then birdied the second playoff hole to take home the $1,584,000 top prize, while Hoffman banked $959,000.

    Seminole Daniel Berger, recently returned to the tour, finished tied for 28th at 8 under and collected $53,000. Gator Billy Horschel's 6 under tied for 41st and was good for $30,404, while Tyson Alexander tied for 53rd at 4 under and took home $20,529. In the recent Pebble Beach Pro-Am, Tyson tied for 48th at 3 under and earned $22,821. Camilo Villegas missed the cut of 2 under par by one stroke.

    There are no Gators or Seminoles playing this week.



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