New World No. 1 Rory McIlroy heads this week’s 2020 Genesis Invitational, the first big showdown of the New Year and a new decade.
It’s been well over four years, September 2015 to be precise, when McIlroy last ruled atop of the rankings.
His combined 95 career weeks at No. 1 ranks fourth all-time, just two weeks shy of Nick Faldo’s 97 weeks and once the Northern Irishman surpasses Faldo, he’s got a very long way to go if he gets anywhere near Aussie Greg Norman (331 weeks) and Tiger Woods (683 weeks).
With McIlroy again atop of the rankings, he will now lead also one of the strongest fields in world golf at this week’s staging of the Genesis Invitational, a tournament boasting nine of the world’s top-10 with only Webb Simpson (No. 7) electing to not tee-up at the famed Riviera Country Club.
Here’s the line-up of golfing stars set to take to the course that was home to many of the greats of Hollywood.
Former Winners of The Genesis Invitational
Winner – THE PLAYERS Championship (Last 5 years)
Si Woo Kim
Winner – U.S. Open (Last 5 Years)
Winner – PGA Championship (Last 5 Years)
Winner – the Masters (Last 5 Years)
Winner – The Open Championship (Last 5 Years)
Winner – TOUR Championship (2017 & 2018)
Winner – World Golf Championships Event – FedEx St. Jude Invitational (3yr)
Winner – World Golf Championships Event – Mexico (3yr)
Winner – World Golf Championships Event – HSBC Champions – Last 3 Seasons
Winner the Memorial (Last 3 Years)
Winners of the Arnold Palmer Invitational (Last 3 Years)
Winners – Tournament Winner in the Past Year
Cheng Tsung Pan
Member of Last Named U.S. Ryder Cup Team
Member of Last Named European Ryder Cup Team
Member of Last Named U.S. Presidents Cup Team
Member of Last Named International Presidents Cup Team
Top 125 on Prior Year’s FedExCup Points List
Charles Howell III
Harold Varner III
Rafa Cabrera Bello
Top 125 (Medical)
Sponsors Exemptions – Korn Ferry Tour Finals
Sponsors Exemptions – Members not otherwise exempt
Sponsors Exemptions – Unrestricted
Frederick van Rooye