Rory McIlroy has done almost all you can do in golf. Like his idol, Tiger Woods, one missing piece in their resumes is a win at Riviera Country Club.
McIlroy has still played well at this famed venue over the years. In seven appearances at the Genesis Invitational (among other names), he’s made six cuts, five top-20s, three top-10s, and two top-fives.
The high water mark for Rory in Pacific Palisades was a T-4th finish (72-63-69-69) on his third trip to RIviera in 2019. McIlroy didn’t debut here until 2016.
“I didn't start playing this event, sort of the first half of my career I would play over in the Middle East and wouldn't really start until the Florida swing," McIlroy was transcribed in 2022 by ASAP Sports. "But started to play on the west coast a little more, played Torrey Pines, played here, played Phoenix last year and this is a place I've always, since I started coming here, I've loved it, loved the golf course, loved the area, love the vibe, feel like it's a course that suits me really well and it's sort of turned into a can't-miss event on the PGA Tour.”
McIlroy comes in off of a week of rest after a disappointing T-66th at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. It’s otherwise been a stellar 2024 so far with a T-2nd and a win on the DP World Tour’s two-week swing in Dubai.
He’s coming off a 2022-23 PGA Tour season where he was second only behind Player of the Year in Strokes Gained: Total (2.102).
Riviera’s speedy, bumpy greens can be tough. Fortunately, McIlroy was fifth in three-putt avoidance (1.65%).