Genesis Open Golf Tournament on the PGA Tour

Tourney info including past champions and historical trivia

Keegan Bradley on the 18th Hole during the fourth day of the Northern Trust Open held at Riviera Country Club
Crowds of fans watch golfers play into the 18th hole during the Northern Trust Open. Paul Mounce/Corbis via Getty Images

This tournament has gone through many names over the years - most recently, it was the Northern Trust Open - but beginning in 2017 it became the Genesis Open. Genesis Motors is the luxury car division of Hyundai. Along with a new title sponsor in 2017, the tournament got a new beneficiary: the college access programs of the Tiger Woods Foundation.

This event was long known as the Los Angeles Open, then hosted for a time by singer Glen Campbell, then called the Nissan Open and the Northern Trust Open.

Regardless of the name, the golf tournament - first played in 1926 - has for decades taken place at historic and venerated Riviera Country Club.

2019 Genesis Open

  • When: Feb. 14-17, 2019
  • Where: Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif.
  • Ticket info

2018 Tournament
Bubba Watson's 2-stroke victory put him in exclusive company, joining Ben Hogan and Arnold Palmer as three-time winners of the event. Watson finished at 12-under 272, two ahead of runners-up Kevin Na and Tony Finau. It was Watson's 10th career PGA Tour win.

2017 Genesis Open
Dustin Johnson shot 64-71 in a 36-hole final day and won by five strokes. The third round didn't begin until Day due to weather delays in the earlier rounds. Johnson finished at 17-under 267, and with the win he stretched his consecutive-years-with-a-win streak to 10. The distant runners-up were Thomas Pieters and Scott Brown. It was Johnson's 13th career win on the PGA Tour.

Official Web site
PGA Tour tournament site

Scoring Records at the Genesis Open

  • 72 holes: 264 - Lanny Wadkins, 1985
  • Tournament Course Record: 61 - Ted Tryba, 1991 (also by George Archer, 1983, at Rancho Municipal Golf Course)

Genesis Open Golf Courses

The PGA Tour Genesis Open is played at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif., a Los Angeles suburb.

Riviera is one of the true classic courses of the PGA Tour. It first hosted this tournament in 1929, and has hosted this event every year but one since 1973. (Read more about Riviera)

Other Courses to Host the Northern Trust Open
(Courses in Los Angeles unless noted)

  • Los Angeles Country Club (North Course)
  • El Caballero Country Club, Tarzana, Calif.
  • Wilshire Country Club
  • Hillcrest Country Club
  • Griffith Park - Wilson Course
  • Griffith Park - Harding Course
  • Inglewood Country Club, Inglewood, Calif.
  • Rancho Municipal Golf Course

Genesis Open Trivia and Notes

  • The Genesis Open is the fourth-oldest tournament on the PGA Tour.
  • Singer Glen Campbell was associated with the tournament for many years. It was called the Glen Campbell Los Angeles Open from 1971 through 1983.
  • The tournament has been played since 1926, but it took until 2003 before the tournament had its first lefthanded champion (Mike Weir).
  • "Lighthorse" Harry Cooper (1926, 1937) and Macdonald Smith (1928-29, 1932, 1934) won a lot in the tournament's first decade of existance. Cooper and Smith are the golfers with the most career wins on the PGA Tour without having won a major championship.
  • Macdonald Smith and Lloyd Mangrum (1949, 1951, 1953, 1956) hold the record with four wins each in the tournament. Three-time winners are Ben Hogan (1942, 1947-48), Arnold Palmer (1963, 1966-67) and Bubba Watson (2014, 2016, 2018).
  • Players to win the Northern Trust Open in back-to-back years are Macdonald Smith (1928-29), Ben Hogan (1947-48), Paul Harney (1964-65), Arnold Palmer (1966-67), Corey Pavin (1994-95), Mike Weir (2003-04) and Phil Mickelson (2008-09).
  • Tiger Woods has played this event 11 times without winning. That's the most times he's played any event without winning it.
  • Jack Nicklaus never won the Nissan Open. His best finish was second place in 1978.
  • Jack Nicklaus' professional debut came in the 1962 Los Angeles Open. He finished 50th and earned $33.33.
  • Tiger Woods' first PGA Tour appearance was in the 1992 Nissan Open, when the 16-year-old Woods received a sponsor exemption.
  • Bade Didrikson Zaharias made the two-day cut at the 1945 Los Angeles Open, but missed the a second cut that took place following the third round.

    Winners of the PGA Tour Genesis Open

    (Changes in the tournament's name are noted; p-playoff; w-weather shortened; u-unofficial event)

    Genesis Open
    2018 - Bubba Watson, 272
    2017 - Dustin Johnson, 267

    Northern Trust Open
    2016 - Bubba Watson, 269
    2015 - James Hahn-p, 278
    2014 - Bubba Watson, 269
    2013 - John Merrick-p, 273
    2012 - Bill Haas-p, 277
    2011 - Aaron Baddeley, 272
    2010 - Steve Stricker, 268
    2009 - Phil Mickelson, 269
    2008 - Phil Mickelson, 272

    Nissan Open
    2007 - Charles Howell III-p, 268
    2006 - Rory Sabbatini, 271
    2005 - Adam Scott-p-w-u, 133
    2004 - Mike Weir, 267
    2003 - Mike Weir-p, 275
    2002 - Len Mattiace, 269
    2001 - Robert Allenby-p, 276
    2000 - Kirk Triplett, 272
    1999 - Ernie Els, 270
    1998 - Billy Mayfair-p, 272
    1997 - Nick Faldo, 272
    1996 - Craig Stadler, 278
    1995 - Corey Pavin, 268

    Nissan Los Angeles Open
    1994 - Corey Pavin, 271
    1993 - Tom Kite-w, 206
    1992 - Fred Couples-p, 269
    1991 - Ted Schulz, 272
    1990 - Fred Couples, 266
    1989 - Mark Calcavecchia, 272

    Los Angeles Open Presented by Nissan
    1988 - Chip Beck, 267
    1987 - Tze-Chung Chen-p, 275

    Los Angeles Open
    1986 - Doug Tewell, 270
    1985 - Lanny Wadkins, 264
    1984 - David Edwards, 279

    Glen Campbell Los Angeles Open
    1983 - Gil Morgan, 270
    1982 - Tom Watson-p, 271
    1981 - Johnny Miller, 270
    1980 - Tom Watson, 276
    1979 - Lanny Wadkins, 276
    1978 - Gil Morgan, 278
    1977 - Tom Purtzer, 273
    1976 - Hale Irwin, 272
    1975 - Pat Fitzsimons, 275
    1974 - Dave Stockton, 276
    1973 - Rod Funseth, 276
    1972 - George Archer-p, 270
    1971 - Bob Lunn-p, 274

    Los Angeles Open
    1970 - Billy Casper-p, 276
    1969 - Charles Sifford-p, 276
    1968 - Billy Casper, 274
    1967 - Arnold Palmer, 269
    1966 - Arnold Palmer, 273
    1965 - Paul Harney, 276
    1964 - Paul Harney, 280
    1963 - Arnold Palmer, 274
    1962 - Phil Rodgers, 268
    1961 - Bob Goalby, 275
    1960 - Dow Finsterwald, 280
    1959 - Ken Venturi, 278
    1958 - Frank Stranahan, 275
    1957 - Doug Ford, 280
    1956 - Lloyd Mangrum, 272
    1955 - Gene Littler, 276
    1954 - Fred Wampler, 281
    1953 - Lloyd Mangrum, 280
    1952 - Tommy Bolt-p, 289
    1951 - Lloyd Mangrum, 280
    1950 - Sam Snead-p, 280
    1949 - Lloyd Mangrum, 284
    1948 - Ben Hogan, 275
    1947 - Ben Hogan, 280
    1946 - Byron Nelson, 284
    1945 - Sam Snead, 283
    1944 - Harold McSpaden, 278
    1943 - No Tournament
    1942 - Ben Hogan-p, 282
    1941 - Johnny Bulla, 281
    1940 - Lawson Little, 282
    1939 - Jimmy Demaret, 274
    1938 - Jimmy Thomson, 273
    1937 - Harry Cooper, 274
    1936 - Jimmy Hines, 280
    1935 - Vic Ghezzi-p, 285
    1934 - Macdonald Smith, 280
    1933 - Craig Wood, 281
    1932 - Macdonald Smith, 281
    1931 - Ed Dudley, 285
    1930 - Denny Shute, 296
    1929 - Macdonald Smith, 285
    1928 - Macdonald Smith, 284
    1927 - Bobby Cruickshank, 282
    1926 - Harry Cooper, 279