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Aaron Beverly earns Charlie Sifford Exemption to play in Genesis Invitational

Tiger Woods has announced that Aaron Beverly will be this year’s recipient of the Charlie Sifford Memorial Exemption, which grants him entry to the 2022 Genesis Invitational tournament.

The exemption is presented each year to a “golfer representing a minority background” to encourage diversity within the sport.

Available since 2009, the exemption was renamed in 2017, in honor of Charlie Sifford, the first Black professional golfer.

The Genesis Invitational, hosted by Tiger Woods, is an annual event that welcomes an elevated field to compete at the iconic Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles, during LA’s PGA Tour event.

In 2022, it will take place between February 17 and 20, with a field of 120 players, including Rickie Fowler, Thomas Pieters, Sam Burns and Christiaan Bezuidenhout.

Beverly, an assistant men’s golf coach at Sacramento State and a club professional at Valley Hi Country Club, competed on the 2021 APGA Tour and won the Fall Series finale at Wilshire Country Club in LA, as one of only three players to break par during the two-round fall series.

His appearance at the Genesis Invitational, however, will be his first ever outing at a PGA Tour event.

In response to the exemption, he stated: “Receiving the Charlie Sifford Memorial Exemption and having the opportunity to play in The Genesis Invitational is a true honor and the opportunity of a lifetime.”

Woods, who will be hosting the 2022 event, as he did the 2021, said: “I’m looking forward to welcoming Aaron Beverly to The Genesis Invitational as the 2022 Sifford Exemption. Like me, Aaron learned the game from his dad. I know Charlie Sifford would be proud of Aaron as he makes his PGA Tour debut at Riviera next month.”

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