PALISADES, Calif. – Kentucky senior men’s golfer Lukas Euler could not have scripted a better start to the 2019 spring season.
With a dazzling 4-under-par 67, Euler captured the Genesis Open Collegiate Showcase at The Riveria Country Club on Monday. The two-stroke win allowed Euler to receive an exemption for this week’s PGA Tour Genesis Open.
This summer, Euler won in a playoff at the Dutch Amateur to receive exemption for the KLM Open on the European Tour .
Today’s victory is that much sweeter.
He’ll suit up alongside the likes of some of the top players in the world and PGA Tour legends alike in Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth 2018 winner Bubba Watson and UK Hall of Famer J.B. Holmes to name a few.
Play for the four-day tournament gets underway on Thursday.
Debuting in 1926 at Los Angeles Country Club as the Los Angeles Open, the tournament was staged at various courses throughout the Los Angeles area before permanently settling at The Riviera Country Club in 1973. Known as the site of Jack Nicklaus’ professional debut, Tiger Woods’ first PGA tournament and with 25 champions in the World Golf Hall of Fame, the course has seen many major moments in golf history. In 2018, Watson won the tournament for a third time, becoming the fifth person to do so and the second to record all three wins at Riviera.
Euler has appeared in 30 career tournaments for the Wildcats. He has logged 41 par-or-better rounds and posted five top-10 finishes. His 72.33 stroke average in 2018-19 leads the Wildcats and he’s generated a top-20 finish in both appearances this season.