New L.A. 2024 Olympic bid includes golf at Riviera


A revised bid to bring the 2024 Olympics to the city of Los Angeles includes the possibility of Olympic golf at one of the PGA Tour's most historic courses.

An earlier bid by "L.A. 2024" included Wilson Golf Course in Griffith Park as the proposed golf venue, but according to an L.A. Times report the latest proposal would include golf at Riviera Country Club. Known as "Hogan's Alley," Riviera has hosted the PGA Tour event now called the Genesis Open annually since 1926 and has also been the site of three major championships, most recently the 1995 PGA Championship.

"We are honored and thrilled to be selected by L.A. 2024 for the opportunity to host the world's greatest golfers," Michael R. Yamaki, the club's corporate officer, told the Times.

The chances for L.A. to land the Olympics in eight years were significantly upgraded Wednesday when Rome's mayor, Virginia Raggi, failed to support the city's bid and effectively ended its candidacy. The remaining potential host sites in addition to L.A. are Paris, France and Budapest, Hungary.

The International Olympic Committee will decide on a 2024 venue in September 2017. That's also when the IOC will vote on the long-term fate of golf, whose place in the Olympics has not yet been guaranteed beyond the 2020 Games in Tokyo.