The Genesis Invitational was the only regular PGA TOUR event Woods featured in last year, with his other appearances being the unofficial Hero World Challenge in December, where he finished 18th in the 20-man field, and the Masters, where Woods was forced to withdraw after a gruelling second round at a drenched Augusta National.
Woods said in 2023 that the best case scenario for him this year is to play one event a month, which would likely be the Genesis Invitational in February, then either the Players Championship or Arnold Palmer Invitational in March (where he’s won a record eight times), the Masters in April, the PGA Championship in May, the US Open in June, then The Open in July.
Woods will act as tournament host at the Riviera Country Club while teeing it up himself, though the tournament will have a very different feel to the 2023 iteration.
A Signature Event for the 2024 season, the top players in the world will line up at Riviera, including Rory McIlroy, Scottie Scheffler and Viktor Hovland, and as with all Signature Events in the 2024 PGA TOUR season, bet365 will offer a 25% Winnings Boost to all markets (T&Cs apply).
There are three player-hosted events – the Genesis Invitational, the Arnold Palmer Invitational and the Memorial Tournament – which will feature 36-hole cuts, where the top-50 and ties as well as any player within 10 shots of the lead will make the weekend, adding a bit of jeopardy to Woods’ return.
Riviera will always hold a certain sentimentality for Woods, with it being the location of his PGA TOUR debut as an amateur back in 1992, but surprisingly, it’s a venue he’s never won at in 14 attempts. He finished second in 1999, but missed his first two cuts as an amateur, then missing the cut again in 2018, though he did finish 15th, 68th and 45th in his last three starts.
Woods has insisted for some time that his game is in a good place, and that his only issue was fitness. After the Hero World Challenge, Woods said that he felt his game was ‘not that far off’ but that he needed to get into better shape and find his rhythm again in order to be competitive. Woods ranked eighth out of 20 players for driving distance in December, suggesting he still has the length to be competitive, though he’ll hope to dial in his accuracy and putting in order to contend.
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