Tiger Woods announces Aaron Beverly as recipient of Charlie Sifford Exemption

Aaron Beverly has been given an exemption to play at the Genesis Invitational for representing advancement in diversity, awarded by Tiger Woods. 

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Tue, 18 Jan 2022

Tiger Woods announces Aaron Beverly as recipient of Charlie Sifford Exemption

Tiger Woods has awarded Aaron Beverly with the Charlie Sifford Memorial Exemption into the 2022 Genesis Invitational in February.

Tournament host Woods has chosen Beverly as he has played an important role in the advancement of diversity in golf. 

Beverly most recently competed on the Advocates Professional Golf Association Tour, a tour established in 2008 that brings diversity with eight tournaments for both professionals and amateurs.

Back in November, Beverly won the APGA Tour’s Fall Series finale at Wilshire Country Club. Beverly was one of only three players to finish under par during the 36-hole series finale and earned a two-shot victory.

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"I’m looking forward to welcoming Aaron Beverly to The Genesis Invitational as the 2022 Sifford Exemption," said Woods.

"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."

Beverly made his debut on the APGA Tour season in 2021. He finished tied fifth at the APGA Tour’s TPC Scottsdale event, but his season was cut short after a battle with Covid-19.

His victory at the APGA Tour’s Fall Series finale was his first since his win on the Golden State Tour in 2020. 

As well as competing on the PGA Tour Latinoamerica, Beverly also played a full season on the Mackenzie Tour in 2019.

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As a freshman from 2012 to 2013, Beverly was part of the Sacramento State University golf team. Beverly holds school records with 10 top-five finishes, 16 top-10 finishes and 21 top-20 finishes during his collegiate career.

"Receiving the Charlie Sifford Memorial Exemption and having the opportunity to play in The Genesis Invitational is a true honour and the opportunity of a lifetime," Beverly said.

"This is the moment all my hard work and dedication has been preparing me for and I look forward to competing at Riviera."

The exemption for a player representing a minority background at the Genesis Invitational has existed since 2009. In 2017, the exemption was re-named to honour Charlie Sifford, the first African-American player to compete on the PGA Tour.

 

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