L.A.-area Genesis Invitational to be contested without fans

As expected, the natural grass amphitheater that towers over the 18th green at Riviera Country Club will be void of paying customers when the 2021 Genesis Invitational is contested Feb. 18-21 at Pacific Palisades, Calif.

The event, which was won by Australia’s Adam Scott in 2020, was one of the last to be played before the PGA Tour paused at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic last spring.

“The health and well-being of the community, our players and everyone at the Genesis Invitational remains our top priority,” tournament director Mike Antolini said in a release. “Throughout our extensive planning, it became clear that due to the pandemic the best way to ensure the safety for all involved is to hold the tournament without spectators. We are certainly going to miss the roars of the crowds, but we look forward to welcoming everyone back to Riviera next year.”

The tournament instead will offer “games, activities and more,” to keep viewers of the broadcast engaged in the action. Details of the online enhancements will be revealed on the Genesis Invitational website at a later date.

The tournament also is offering an online, virtual family village for viewers under 12.

The Genesis Invitational, which is the final event of the annual early-season West Coast swing, is scheduled to be broadcast on the Golf Channel and CBS.

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