January 28, 2019

Fred Couples highlights exemptions for 2019 Genesis Open

Fred Couples, a two-time tournament champion at Riviera, 2018 Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk and past champion Bill Haas have received exemptions to play in the 2019 Genesis Open, tournament director Mike Antolini announced today. A full list of exemption recipients, including the Charlie Sifford Memorial Exemption, will be announced at a later date.

Couples has won twice at Riviera, first in 1990 and again in 1992. A few months following his victory in 1992, Couples went on to win the Masters. A 2013 inductee to the World Golf Hall of Fame, Couples last played at Riviera in 2016. In addition to his two victories at Riviera, Couples has three runners-up finishes in the tournament (1993, 1994 and 1996).

Furyk, who in September captained the United States Ryder Cup team, returns to Riviera, where he has played 21 of the last 25 years. A 17-time winner on the PGA TOUR, Furyk won the US Open in 2003 and the FedExCup in 2010.

Haas, a winner at Riviera in 2012, won the 2011 FedExCup in a playoff at the TOUR Championship. His next win would come at Riviera in 2012, again in a playoff, after making a 43-foot birdie putt on the par-4 10thhole to defeat Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley.