Texas star Scheffler wins College Showcase and place in Genesis Open at Riviera
University of Texas standout Scottie Scheffler never looked back in firing a 3-under 68 Monday at Riviera Country Club for a six-shot win the Genesis Open Collegiate Showcase Pro-Am, earning an exemption into the PGA Tour event that begins Thursday at the Pacific Palisades course.
Scheffler, going out first and teamed with PGA Tour pro and Texas alum Jordan Spieth, was the only amateur in the six groups to break par 71. Texas teammates Spencer Soosman (Westlake High in Westlake Village) and Doug Ghim each shot 74.
USC’s Justin Suh, seventh in the world amateur rankings, shot 75, playing with Trojan alum Jamie Lovemark and USC athletic director Lynn Swann.
The 21-year-old Scheffler, No. 38 in the world amateur rankings, came in with some Riviera experience, just missing the cut for the 64-player match play at the U.S. Amateur golf championship last August. Ghim also had a track record at the course, finishing runner-up at the U.S. Amateur in a 37-hole final.
Scheffler was the top amateur at the 2017 U.S. Open at 1-under 287, tying for 27th, and he tied for third at the 2017 NCAA individual championships. Scheffler was also on the U.S. Walker Cup team that won last September at the L.A. Country Club.
“It’ll be awesome to be a part of this field and to be a part of the history of this tournament is going to be really special,” said Scheffler.
Last year’s Collegiate Showcase winner, Pepperdine’s Sahith Theegala of Chino Hills, ended up tied for 49th in the 2017 Genesis Open, one of the best amateur finishes in the event’s history.
2018 GENESIS OPEN INFORMATION
Where: Riviera Country Club (1250 Capri Drive, Pacific Palisades)
Tuesday: Course closed to public
Wednesday: Pro-Am begins at 6:40 a.m.; gates open at 6 a.m.
Thursday and Friday: First two rounds begin at 6:40 a.m.; gates open at 6 a.m.
Saturday and Sunday: Final two rounds begin at 8 a.m.; gates open at 7:30 a.m.
The course: Par 71 on a layout of 7,366 yards (75.6 rating, 137 slope). Opened in 1927. Designed by George C. Thomas Jr., updated by William P. Bell. Greens are a mix of bentgrass and poa annua. Fairways are kikuyu. Course website: www.therivieracountryclub.com
Prize money: $7.2 million ($1.3 million to the winner)
Defending champion: Dustin Johnson
The field: The 144 players include current World No. 1 Johnson, No. 3 Jordan Spieth, No. 4 Justin Thomas and No. 10 Rory McIlroy. Past champions include Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson, Ernie Els, Bill Haas, James Hahn, Charles Howell III, Adam Scott and John Merrick.
Weather forecast: Sunny all four days of the tournament Thursday-Sunday with highs between 65 and 71. Partly cloudy Tuesday and Wednesday with highs of 62.
Tickets: All information and purchases at www.GenesisOpen.com
Public parking: Downtown Santa Monica parking structures S1 through S8 are open 24 hours and include a complimentary shuttle. The pickup and drop off locations are on Wilshire Boulevard, between 2nd and 3rd Street. Shuttles run from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The shuttle ride from Santa Monica to the Riviera Country Club main gate is about four miles.
The Metro Express line riders can exit at the Downtown Santa Monica station and walk 10-to-15 minutes to the shuttle pick up and drop off spot. More info: www.metro.net.
Ridesharing: Pick up and drop off locations for Uber or Lyft is at Paul Revere Charter Middle School at 1450 Allenford Ave., L.A.
Television: Golf Channel is live Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., with repeats later in the day. KCBS-Channel 2 is live Saturday from 1-4 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 3:30 p.m. Live streaming as well at PGATour.com
History: The PGA Tour professional stop in Los Angeles goes back to 1926. It has rotated among several Southern California courses until staying at Riviera as the home course since 1973 (with diversion to Rancho Park in 1983 and Valencia Country Club in 1998). It has previously been known as the Northern Trust Open, the Nissan Open and the Glen Campbell L.A. Open.
Records: 72 holes – 264 by Lanny Wadkins in 1985 at Riviera; 18 holes – 61 by George Archer (third round, 1983, at Rancho Park), Ted Tryba (third round, 1999, at Riviera)
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