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March 7, 2019, Tiger gets the well deserved Arnie, Jack treatment

Tiger gets the well deserved Arnie, Jack treatment

      The annual PGA Tour event at Riviera Country Club that is now run by Tiger Woods’ foundation will get a big upgrade beginning in 2020, putting in the same status as tournaments associated with Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus. The Genesis Open will receive “elevated status,’’ which means it will have a significantly higher purse, offer a three-year PGA Tour exemption to the winner (up from two years), with an invitational field that will be reduced to 120 players.
       The Arnold Palmer Invitational, which the late golf legend founded in 1979 at this Bay Hill Club in Orlando, Florida, and the Memorial Tournament, which Nicklaus began in 1976 at his a course he designed near his Columbus, Ohio, home, are events that operate in a similar fashion. Both have 120-player invitational fields with purses higher than a regular PGA Tour stop.
       As PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said, it is a great way to honor Woods – an 80-time PGA Tour winner – as well as celebrate his philanthropic efforts. 


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