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Genesis Open gets elevated status in PGA.

The Genesis Open, a PGA tournament sponsored by Hyundai Motor's luxury brand Genesis, will be elevated to an invitational golf tournament, Hyundai Motor said Thursday.

In an agreement between the PGA Tour, Genesis and the Tiger Woods Foundation, which hosts the event, the Genesis Open will achieve similar status to other prestigious PGA tournaments including the Memorial Tournament and the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Following the elevation, tournament participants will be decided by the host, and it will apply stronger guidelines, lowering player numbers from 144 to 120.

The winner will be granted a three-year qualifying exemption on the PGA Tour, compared with the current one year. The tournament's purse will also grow to $9.3 million, with the winner taking $1.67 million.

PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monaghan, Hyundai Motor Group Executive Vice Chairman Chung Eui-sun and golfing champion Tiger Woods attended the agreement signing ceremony.

"We are very proud of Genesis being able to join the partnership with the PGA Tour and the Tiger Woods Foundation and contribute to the tournament's elevation," Chung said. "The mutual respect and dignity seen in the sport of golf are in line with the values pursued by Genesis, and we will continue enhancing the partnership in order to pay back society."

This year's Genesis Open will tee-off on Thursday (local time) at the Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles. Among the 144 players are Bubba Watson, Tiger Woods and Dustin Johnson.

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Publication:The Korea Times News (Seoul, Korea)
Date:Feb 14, 2019
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