Payday at Riviera

Here's the prize money payout for each golfer at the 2023 Genesis Invitational

February 19, 2023

Cliff Hawkins

Another week, another designated event on the PGA Tour? Yes and no. Technically speaking the Genesis Invitational at famed Riviera Country Club outside Los Angeles is indeed one of the tour’s new big-money tournaments, offering an overall prize money payout of $20 million with the winner cashing a tour-record tying payday of $3.6 million. Jon Rahm started the final round with a three-shot lead over Max Homa and shot 69 to win by two shots. Rahm jumps back up to the top spot in the Official World Golf Ranking.

Yet given the tournament’s history, this event was special before it was designated. It dates back to 1926 and its list of winner’s has been a who’s who of men’s pro golf (with one notable exception). Past champions of the L.A. Open include Ben Hogan, Sam Snead, Byron Nelson, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Billy Casper, Tom Watson, Johnny Miller, Phil Mickelson, Fred Couples, Ernie Els and more.

Curiously, the tournament’s host, Tiger Woods, has struggled at Riviera, having never won in 12 pro starts in the event. He didn't win on Sunday but the fact he made the cut in his first appearance on the tour since last July is a happy sign for Tiger fans. He shot 67-73 over the weekend and ended one under for the week, tied for 45th place.

Not surprisingly this event was among those that gained designated status when the tour moved forward last year with its effort to keep the upstart LIV Golf League from poaching tour pros with offers of guaranteed contracts and exorbitant purses of its own. The PGA Tour's designated events provide an opportunity for its best players to compete against each other more often—and be rewarded for doing so by paying significant prize money payouts as well.

Not only did Rahm earn a payday ($3.6 million) that matches the largest in PGA Tour history, but those finishing second (Homa) and third (Patrick Cantlay) earned more than $1 million. Fourth-place finisher Will Zalatoris wasn't far behind at $980,000.

Here's the prize money payout for all players who do make it to the weekend at the George Thomas masterpiece. Keep in mind that Rahm has now finished behind only 19 of 1,025 players in his last 10 worldwide starts. Staggering.

Riviera Country Club
Riviera Country Club
Pacific Palisades, CA
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A compact and shrewd design by George C. Thomas Jr. and associate William P. Bell, Riviera features everything from a long Redan par 3 to a bunker in the middle of a green to an alternate-fairway par 4. With its 18th green at the base of a natural amphitheater, and its primary rough consisting of club-grabbing Kikuyu, Riviera seems tailor-made as a tournament venue. It hosted a PGA Championship in 1995, a U.S. Senior Open in 1998 and a U.S. Amateur in 2017, but no U.S. Open since 1948. With the U.S. Open awarded to nearby LA Country Club for 2023, it doesn’t appear Riviera will get another Open (though it will host the 2028 Olympics). But it’s the site of an annual PGA Tour event, which is even better exposure to the golf world.
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Win: Jon Rahm, -17/267, $3,600,000

2: Max Homa, -15/269, $2,180,000

3: Patrick Cantlay, -14/270, $1,380,000

4: Will Zalatoris, -13/271, $980,000

5: Keith Mitchell, -12/272, $820,000

T-6: Sahith Theegala, -11/273, $700,000

T-6: Collin Morikawa, -11/273, $700,000

8: Matt Kuchar, -10/274, $625,000

T-9: Jason Day, -9/275, $545,000

T-9: Gary Woodland, -9/275, $545,000

T-9: Adam Svensson, -9/275, $545,000

T-12: Harris English, -8/276, $445,000

T-12: Scottie Scheffler, -8/276, $445,000

T-14: Shane Lowry, -7/277, $355,000

T-14: Seamus Power, -7/277, $355,000

T-14: Tom Hoge, -7/277, $355,000

T-14: Denny McCarthy, -7/277, $355,000

T-18: Danny Willett, -6/278, $295,000

T-18: Lee Hodges, -6/278, $295,000

T-20: Sam Ryder, -5/279, $197,666.67

T-20: Justin Thomas, -5/279, $197,666.67

T-20: Viktor Hovland, -5/279, $197,666.67

T-20: Tony Finau, -5/279, $197,666.67

T-20: Cameron Young, -5/279, $197,666.67

T-20: Tommy Fleetwood, -5/279, $197,666.67

T-20: Nate Lashley, -5/279, $197,666.67

T-20: Peter Malnati, -5/279, $197,666.67

T-20: Rickie Fowler, -5/279, $197,666.67

T-29: Kramer Hickok, -4/280, $134,000

T-29: Rory McIlroy, -4/280, $134,000

T-29: Aaron Rai, -4/280, $134,000

T-29: Luke List, -4/280, $134,000

T-33: Tyler Duncan, -3/281, $104,428.57

T-33: Thomas Detry, -3/281, $104,428.57

T-33: Wyndham Clark, -3/281, $104,428.57

T-33: S.H. Kim, -3/281, $104,428.57

T-33: Nick Taylor, -3/281, $104,428.57

T-33: J.J. Spaun, -3/281, $104,428.57

T-33: Xander Schauffele, -3/281, $104,428.57

T-40: Kevin Tway, -2/282, $79,000

T-40: Stephan Jaeger, -2/282, $79,000

T-40: Justin Suh, -2/282, $79,000

T-40: Tyrrell Hatton, -2/282, $79,000

T-40: Luke Donald, -2/282, $79,000

T-45: Sepp Straka, -1/283, $59,560

T-45: Adrian Meronk, -1/283, $59,560

T-45: Tiger Woods, -1/283, $59,560

T-45: Tom Kim, -1/283, $59,560

T-45: Michael Thompson, -1/283, $59,560

T-50: Adam Schenk, E/284, $48,866.67

T-50: Kevin Streelman, E/284, $48,866.67

T-50: Adam Long, E/284, $48,866.67

T-50: Scott Piercy, E/284, $48,866.67

T-50: Mackenzie Hughes, E/284, $48,866.67

T-50: Matthias Schwab, E/284, $48,866.67

T-56: Jhonattan Vegas, +1/285, $46,400

T-56: Sungjae Im, +1/285, $46,400

T-58: Lucas Herbert, +2/286, $45,400

T-58: Ben Taylor, +2/286, $45,400

T-58: Christiaan Bezuidenhout, +2/286, $45,400

61: Corey Conners, +3/287, $44,600

T-62: Doug Ghim, +4/288, $43,800

T-62: Trey Mullinax, +4/288, $43,800

T-62: David Lipsky, +4/288, $43,800

65: Adam Scott, +5/289, $43,000

66: Adam Hadwin, +6/290, $42,600

T-67: J.B. Holmes, +8/292, $42,000

T-67: Emiliano Grillo, +8/292, $42,000