Saturday, February 11, 2017

PGA Golf Playing Field for the 2017 Genesis Open

The 2017 Genesis Open golf tournament on the PGA Tour is taking place this week from February 16-19, 2017, at the Riviera Country Club located in Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, California Here is a list of the playing field of top PGA golfers playing in the 2017 Genesis Open.

                                                      (Photo by Dan Perry)

The Genesis Open dates back to 1926. Harry Macdonald Smith and Lloyd Mangrum jointly hold the record for most wins with four each. Ben Hogan and Arnold Palmer are tied for second most wins with three each. Sam Snead, Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson are three of 12 golfers who have won this event twice each.

Tiger Woods has never won this event but he has come in second twice and he was scheduled to play the Genesis Open this week but dropped out due to back spasms. 

PGA Golf Playing Field for the 2017 Genesis Open

Top ranked players in the 2017 Genesis Open field include Jason Day, Dustin Johnson, Hideki Matsuyama, Jordan Spieth, Adam Scott, Justin Thomas, Sergio Garcia, Patrick Reed, Justin Rose, Bubba Watson, Paul Casey, Branden Grace, Brooks Koepka, Matt Kuchar, Phil Mickelson and Jimmy Walker. All those players are ranked in the top 25 in the world. 

Top 50 ranked players in the playing field for the 2017 Genesis Open include Charl Schwartzel, Brandt Snedeker, Ryan Moore, J.B. Holmes, Kevin Chappell, Scott Piercy, Byeong Hun An, Jim Furyk, Bill Haas, William McGirt and Thomas Pieters.

Also playing are golf major winners not included above like Keegan Bradley, Stewart Cink, Ernie Els, Padraig Harrington, Graeme McDowell, Webb Simpson Vijay Singh, and Geoff Oglivy. Previous winners of the Genesis Open in the playing field not included above include James Hahn (2015), John Merrick (2013), Aaron Baddeley (2011), Steve Stricker (2010) and Charles Howell III (2007).

Except for Tiger Woods dropping out the playing field for the 2017 Genesis Open is fantastic. Sixteen of the top 25 players in the world are playing this week which is about as good as it gets for a regular PGA Tour event.

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