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Recapping the Genesis Invitational ⛳️

Updated: Feb 22

The 2024 Genesis Invitational was a tournament to remember with many twists and turns. Taking place at the iconic Riviera Country Club, this event brought together some of the most talented golfers in the world showcasing some unforgettable moments. From intense competition to world class shots, the tournament drew a very large crowd. As we take a look back on the event, let’s dive into what made this tournament one for the books.

Leading into this tournament, between the player field and the beautiful views of Riviera, I was most looking forward to seeing Tiger Woods back on the course. As a kid starting golf in 5th grade, my coach always pointed out his swing rhythm. Making his first appearance since the Masters in 2023, I was excited to watch Tiger start off strong with a birdie on 1. As the tournament progressed, Tiger dealt with back spasms and then developed flu-like symptoms. On Friday, Tiger had to withdraw after the sixth hole.This was a true eye-opener to me realizing there might not be another comeback, even though seeing some shots like his birdie putt at 11, were special. 

Alongside Tiger, there were many other early exits that were not expected. They included Justin Thomas, Matt Fitzpatrick, Keegan Bradley, Matt Kuchar, and the most notable, Jordan Speith. This had fans buzzing when Speith was disqualified for signing an incorrect scorecard after Friday’s round. Leaving himself three shots back from the lead and playing well, Speith had a disappointing exit.

One golfer who always stands out to me each tournament is Will Zalatoris. Zalatoris scored a hole-in-one at 14 with a challenging pin placement on Friday, winning a car for himself and his caddie. I thought he was going to win it all. He was Hideki Matsuyama's closest competitor on Sunday, staying within 1 stroke. 

At the 12th hole, 5 golfers were tied at 14-under making Sunday's round a true nail biter. Starting 6 back from the leader and coming out of left field, Hideki Matsuyama took home the win after rallying past Patrick Cantlay, who was on top of the leaderboard. Leading into Sunday  Matsuyama defied the odds, made a comeback for the ages shooting 62, and took home the trophy. 


With more exciting tournaments on the docket, including those listed below, download Bantee to track fans as they journey to each event!

Mexico Open at Vidanta: February 22-25

Cognizant Classic in The Palm Beaches: February 29-March 3

Arnold Palmer Invitational: March 7-10

The Players Championship: March 14-17

Valspar Championship: March 21-24

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