Field Level Media provides weekly news and storylines from each of the major North American golf tours.
LAST TOURNAMENT: AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am (Phil Mickelson)
THIS WEEK: Genesis Open, Feb. 14-17
Riviera Country Club, Los Angeles (Par 71, 7,322 yards)
Purse: $7.4 million (Winner: $1.332 million and 500 FedEx Cup points)
Defending champion: Bubba Watson
FedEx Cup leader: Matt Kuchar
Television: Thursday-Friday, 2-6 p.m. ET (Golf Channel); Saturday 1-2:45 p.m. (Golf Channel), 3-6 p.m. (CBS); Sunday, 1-2:45 p.m. (Golf Channel), 3-6:30 p.m. (CBS)
Tiger Woods, making just his second start on the PGA Tour this season, is paired with Justin Thomas and Rory McIlroy for the first two rounds. This is the lone PGA Tour event in which Woods has made at least 10 starts without recording a victory. … Bryson DeChambeau has four wins in his last nine worldwide starts. … Watson and Dustin Johnson have combined to win four of the past five Genesis Opens. Watson is seeking to join Lloyd Mangrum and MacDonald Smith as the only four-time winners of the event. … Mickelson and Woods are tied for first place with 14 victories in California since 1983. … The event began in 1926 and is the seventh-oldest on Tour.
NEXT WEEK: WGC-Mexico Championship, Mexico City; Puerto Rico Open, Rio Grande, Puerto Rico
LAST TOURNAMENT: ISPS Handa Vic Open (Celine Boutier)
THIS WEEK: ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open
The Grange Golf Club, Grange, South Australia (Par 72, 6,648 yards)
Purse: $1.3 million (Winner: $195,000 and 500 CME Globe Points)
Defending champion: Jin Young Ko
CME Globe leader: Boutier, Eun-Hee Ji are tied with 500 Globe Points
Television: Wednesday, 9 p.m.-2 a.m. ET; Thursday-Friday, 10 p.m.-2 a.m. ET; Saturday, 9 p.m.-2 a.m. (all times Golf Channel)
Ko, the reigning Rookie of the Year, led wire-to-wire last year in joining Beverly Hanson (1951 Eastern Open) as the only players in LPGA Tour history to win in their debut tournaments. … The event has been played since 1974, with the LPGA Tour joining Golf Australia and the ALPGA in 2012 as co-sanctioning partners. … Haru Nomura (2016) won the last time the Women’s Australian Open was held at The Grange, posting a tournament-record score of 272.
NEXT WEEK: Honda LPGA Thailand, Chonburi, Thailand
LAST TOURNAMENT: Oasis Championship (Bernhard Langer)
THIS WEEK: Chubb Classic, Feb. 15-17
The Classics at Lely Resort, Naples, Fla. (Par 71, 6,843 yards)
Purse: $1.6 million (Winner: $240,000)
Defending champion: Joe Durant
Charles Schwab Cup leader: Langer
Television: Friday, 12-2 p.m. ET; Saturday, 3-5:30 p.m.; Sunday 3-5 p.m. (all times Golf Channel)
This is the 32 annual playing of the event. … Langer is a three-time champion and passed Hale Irwin for first place in career earnings ($27,196,504) on the tour with his victory last week. He has won 16.6 percent (39 wins in 235 starts) on the tour. … Darren Clarke and Retief Goosen are among the players making their debuts in the event. … Since joining the tour in 2017, Steve Stricker owns a 67.87 scoring average and all but two of his 38 rounds have been under par.
NEXT TOURNAMENT: Cologuard Classic, Tucson, Ariz. (March 1-3)
–By Derek Harper (@DerekAHarper), Field Level Media