Genesis Invitational Winners and Full List of Past Champions

As the PGA Tour heads back to Los Angeles for the Genesis Invitational at historic Riviera Country Club, let's take a look back at the full list of past champions in the event.

Tiger Woods, Max Homa - Genesis Invitational
Tiger Woods, Max Homa - Genesis Invitational / Harry How/GettyImages
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The PGA Tour will be going back to Los Angeles to compete for the Genesis Invitational. The tournament has been held since 1926, nearly a century. There is a rich and storied history with many of golf's greatest players among the past champions of the event.

Genesis Invitational Winners and Full List of Past Champions

In 2024, there will not be a defending champion. With Jon Rahm's defection to the LIV tour, he is no longer allowed to play in PGA Tour events and thus will be unable to defend his title. Neither will the champion of the event in 2022, Joaquin Niemann. Like Rahm, he is now a member of LIV.

Remarkably, two players who have never won the Genesis Invitational are the two greatest golfers to ever live: Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods. This is despite the fact that both competed in the event multiple times.

It is rare to find an event on the PGA Tour that has been around for so long that neither Jack nor Tiger won. Both men still have a connection to the event though, as it was the first event Jack competed in as a professional and it was the first PGA Tour event Tiger competed in as an amateur at the age of 16. Woods now fittingly serves as the host of the event and his TGR Foundation is also heavily involved with the event.

The tournament is full of history, such as the fact that the legendary female golfer Babe Zaharias competed in the event three times. It has featured epic playoffs between Johnny Miller and Tom Watson as well as Phil Mickelson and Charles Howell III.

A special part of the event is the Charlie Sifford Memorial exemption which is awarded to one golfer every year from a minority background. It is a great way to honor Sifford, the first African American player on the PGA Tour and a former champion of the event. Woods even named his own son after Sifford so you know that is an important part of this event for him.

The following table contains the complete list of every champion the event has had since its inception in 1926.

Every champion of the Genesis Invitational since 1926

Champion

Year

Harry Cooper

1926

Bob Cruickshank

1927

Macdonald Smith

1928

Macdonald Smith

1929

Denny Shute

1930

Ed Dudley

1931

Macdonald Smith

1932

Craig Wood

1933

Macdonald Smith

1934

Victor Ghezzi

1935

Jimmy Hines

1936

Harry Cooper

1937

Jimmy Thomson

1938

Jimmy Demaret

1939

Lawson Little

1940

Johnny Bulla

1941

Ben Hogan

1942

Not held due to World War Two

1943

Harold McSpaden

1944

Sam Snead

1945

Byron Nelson

1946

Ben Hogan

1947

Ben Hogan

1948

Lloyd Mangrum

1949

Sam Snead

1950

Lloyd Mangrum

1951

Tommy Bolt

1952

Lloyd Mangrum

1953

Fred Wampler

1954

Gene Littler

1955

Lloyd Mangrum

1956

Doug Ford

1957

Frank Stranahan

1958

Ken Venturi

1959

Dow Finsterwald

1960

Bob Goalby

1961

Phil Rodgers

1962

Arnold Palmer

1963

Paul Harney

1964

Paul Harney

1965

Arnold Palmer

1966

Arnold Palmer

1967

Billy Casper

1968

Charles Sifford

1969

Billy Casper

1970

Bob Lunn

1971

George Archer

1972

Rod Funseth

1973

Dave Stockton

1974

Pat Fitzsimons

1975

Hale Irwin

1976

Tom Purtzer

1977

Gil Morgan

1978

Lanny Wadkins

1979

Tom Watson

1980

Johnny Miller

1981

Tom Watson

1982

Gil Morgan

1983

David Edwards

1984

Lanny Wadkins

1985

Doug Tewell

1986

T.C. Chen

1987

Chip Beck

1988

Mark Calcavecchia

1989

Fred Couples

1990

Ted Schulz

1991

Fred Couples

1992

Tom Kite

1993

Corey Pavin

1994

Corey Pavin

1995

Craig Stadler

1996

Nick Faldo

1997

Billy Mayfair

1998

Ernie Els

1999

Kirk Triplett

2000

Robert Allenby

2001

Len Mattiace

2002

Mike Weir

2003

Mike Weir

2004

Adam Scott

2005

Rory Sabbatini

2006

Charles Howell III

2007

Phil Mickelson

2008

Phil Mickelson

2009

Steve Stricker

2010

Aaron Baddeley

2011

Bill Haas

2012

John Merrick

2013

Bubba Watson

2014

James Hahn

2015

Bubba Watson

2016

Dustin Johnson

2017

Bubba Watson

2018

J.B. Holmes

2019

Adam Scott

2020

Max Homa

2021

Joaquin Niemann

2022

Jon Rahm

2023

That is a pretty illustrious list of names. So many major champions, Hall of Famers, and icons of the game have emerged victorious at the Genesis. Looking at this entire list, it really does read as a "Who's Who" of professional golf over the last century which is why neither Tiger nor Jack being on that list is so glaring.

While it may not be likely, Woods can add his name to that list of champions if he is able to win this week. He will have to defeat World Number 1 Scottie Scheffler and the rest of an incredibly strong field to do so, but we have seen him do crazier things.

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The Genesis Invitational will begin this Thursday.

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