Los Angeles Open

The Los Angeles Open – or the Genesis Invitational as it was renamed in 2020 after several title changes in the previous twenty-five years – is one of the oldest events on the men’s professional golf calendar, dating back to its first edition in 1926, and it’s regarded as one of the mainstay events on the PGA Tour.

Los Angeles Open Championship Trophy

The competition is one of only five given "invitational" status on the men’s professional circuit – the other four are the Bay Hill Classic, the Heritage, the Colonial and the Memorial Tournament – so it operates a reduced field of 120 players, as opposed to most open tournaments with a field of 156.

Glen Campbell was the tournament host from 1971 to 1983 then Nissan became the title sponsor from 1987 to 2007, when it was then known as the Northern Trust Open for the next nine years before Genesis Motors, a subsidiary of the South Korean Hyundai Motor Group, took over in 2017.

This 72-hole stroke play championship is often the concluding event on the PGA Tour’s "West Coast Swing" early in the calendar year, immediately ahead of the professional circuit’s move east to Florida.

The inaugural event was played on the North course at Los Angeles Country Club in 1926, with English-born Harry Cooper winning the second of thirty-six professional victories that he’d amass in his playing career. Until Vijay Singh came along in 2008, Harry’s thirty PGA Tour titles were the most claimed by any overseas player.

Scots-born golfers then dominated the competitions played up until World War II halted play, with the Caledonian contingent either winning or finishing runner-up in nine of the sixteen pre-1942 events that were staged:

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Los Angeles Open host courses

El Caballero

Gem USA - Best in Area

Site of the U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball team tournament in 2018, the course at El Caballero Country Club is a Robert Trent Jones Snr remodelled layout from an early 1960s William Johnson design, characterised by gently doglegging, tree-lined fairways and well-bunkered greens.

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Hillcrest Country Club

76th California - Best in Area

Willie Watson designed the original course at the exclusive Hillcrest Country Club, but plenty changed when Kyle Phillips was appointed in 2018 to redesign the existing layout, adding six new holes to the set-up.

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Los Angeles (North)

3rd California - Best in Area 14th USA Ranking 14th North America Ranking 25th World Ranking

The location for the Los Angeles Country Club makes it possibly one of the most valuable pieces of real estate in the world. It’s therefore fitting therefore that North course does full justice to the land...

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Riviera

4th California - Best in Area 18th USA Ranking 18th North America Ranking 33rd World Ranking

There are few courses with no weaknesses, but the Riviera Country Club can take the moniker. It’s a truly remarkable golf course routed across less than ideal terrain.

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Wilshire

39th California - Best in Area

Founded in 1919 and set in the historic Hancock Park area of Los Angeles, Wilshire Country Club was originally designed by Norman Macbeth. Kyle Phillips recently revived the Golden Age classic to critical acclaim.

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Los Angeles Open Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 Ron Stelten Courses Played 5
= john Rogers Courses Played 5
= Richard Levine Courses Played 5
= Paul Nelson Courses Played 5
= John W. Gartman Courses Played 5
6 Remi Racine Courses Played 4
= Alan Abrina Courses Played 4
= Bruce Bearer Courses Played 4
= Owen Calvin-Smith Courses Played 4
= Mark K Courses Played 4