2020 Genesis Invitational: Field Preview

By Ryan Watson


The 2020 Genesis Invitational (formerly the Genesis Open) returns to sunny Los Angeles as the historic tournament looks stronger than ever. This is the first year the event has had invitational status, one of only 5 invitational events on the PGA Tour, and features a smaller field of 120 players and no Monday Qualifying. Tiger Woods is set to host the tournament as he searches for his historic 83rd win that would take him beyond Sam Snead as the sole holder of the most PGA Tour wins. Standing in his way will be a strong field, including reigning champion J.B. Holmes.


2019 Champion J.B. Holmes


J.B. Holmes came from behind to claim his 5th PGA title in terrible conditions. Cold, wet, and windy weather led to a weather delay on Saturday that forced Holmes to play 33 holes on Sunday. When he finally began his last 18 holes, Holmes was 4 strokes behind leader Justin Thomas. However, Thomas couldn’t cope with the difficult conditions and eventually settled for a +4 on his final round, while Holmes kept his nerve for a -1. The performance gave him the title by 1 stroke over Thomas. 


Field Criteria

The field of 120 is chosen in the following way:

  • Past Genesis champions from the last 5 years
  • All winners of The Players Championship and major championships in the last five years
  • The Tour Championship winners in 2017 and 2018
  • FedEx Cup champion from 2019
  • All World Golf Championships winners from the past three years
  • Arnold Palmer Invitational  winners from the past three years
  • Memorial Tournament  winners from the past three years
  • PGA Tour Tournament winners since last Genesis Invitational
  • Last year’s U.S. Amateur winner 
  • Current PGA Tour members who were playing members during most recent Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup matches
  • Top 125 from prior year FedEx Cup points list
  • Top 10 from the current FedEx Cup points list (as of Friday prior)
  • 8 sponsors exemptions: 2 from Korn Ferry Tour finals, 2 PGA Tour members not otherwise exempt, and 4 unrestricted
  • Remaining positions filled from current year FedEx Cup point list (as of Friday prior)


Field Preview

The field contains the current top-5 ranked golfers in the world, starting with reigning FedExCup Champion Rory McIlroy. The Northern Irishman has been at the best of his impressive career and will look to continue that this weekend. Next is Brooks Koepka, followed by Spanish golfer Jon Rahm, Justin Thomas, and finally Dustin Johnson. Any of these 5 must be considered contenders. This is arguably the most stacked field we’ve seen in 2020, with host Tiger Woods, Bubba Watson, and defending champion J.B. Holmes also adding to the field.


Media Coverage

Television coverage is split between Golf Channel and CBS. The first two rounds will be broadcast Thursday and Friday, 2-6pm ET on Golf Channel. Saturday and Sunday coverage starts on Golf Channel 1-2:45pm ET before ending on CBS 3-6pm ET. Streaming coverage of the Genesis Invitational is provided by PGA Tour Live. Radio commentary is by PGA Tour Radio on SiriusXM satellite radio and online at PGATour.com/liveaudio.  






About The Author

Ryan Watson is a freelance sportswriter and history professor. He has been an avid fan of golf since his father signed him up for golf camp as a young child. Ryan enjoys following the professional game and learning about new equipment and gadgets.


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