He won’t be featured in this week’s power ranking, but the story this week at the Genesis Invitational is the competitive return of Tiger Woods.
We’ve had a lot of these kinds of moments over the years as Tiger’s body continues to betray him. Yet, the determined champion keeps grinding his way back.
This will be the first time Woods has teed it up in an official event since the 2023 Masters, where he withdrew after making the cut. Woods did play four rounds at his Hero World Challenge exhibition in December, where he showed glimpses of his former self and beat Wyndham Clark and Will Zalatoris.
He’ll look to make the 36-hole cut of top 50 and ties at this 70-player event.
Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, California, is the host this week. The Los Angeles-adjacent course is one of golf’s famed venues.
Riviera is a George C. Thomas Jr. and William P. Bell design that opened in 1926. It currently measures 7,322 yards for a par 71.
The course is known for its relatively distinctive Kikuyu grass, a sticky surface that Aussie players, for example, are more used to. The greens are poa annua, a bumpy surface common on the West Coast swing like at Torrey Pines and Pebble Beach.
The weather forecast for the week looks to be dry and cool with temperatures in the upper 40s to low 60s Fahrenheit. The wind looks moderate and shouldn’t get into double digits miles per hour much. The Los Angeles area has received heavy rain in recent weeks, so it will be interesting to see if the grounds crew can dial up the green speeds we’re used to seeing, or if it will be a softer test.
Regardless of conditions, it’s hard to fake it around the famed Riviera Country Club. Let’s check out the 10 with the best chance to win at “Hogan’s Alley."