Golf: Woods Honored As Genesis Open Granted ‘Elevated Status’ | 11/23/2018 | Staff
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Tiger Woods-hosted Genesis Open was granted “elevated status” on the PGA Tour on Wednesday, promising a bright future for the tournament to go with its rich history.

The tour announced that starting next year the tournament formerly known as the Los Angeles Open will join Jack Nicklaus’s Memorial tournament in Ohio and the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Florida in the special category.

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This means the field will be reduced from 144 to 120 players, the winner will receive a three-year exemption instead of the usual two years, and prize money will rise $1.9 million to $9.3 million.

Played at Riviera Country Club, the event has been won over the years by a Who’s Who of golf — Palmer, Ben Hogan, Sam Snead, Tom Watson, Nick Faldo, Ernie Els and Phil Mickelson — although Nicklaus and Woods are notable exceptions.

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Woods has played no tournament on tour more often without tasting victory.

“In recognition of Tiger’s place alongside Jack and Arnold as a modern-day golf icon who hosts a home-based PGA Tour tournament … elevating the Genesis Open is an important and deserved step toward further cementing Tiger’s legacy in our sport,” tour commissioner Jay Monahan said.

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“This announcement comes at a particularly relevant time as Tiger continues to chase history and Sam Snead’s record of 82 PGA...
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