Overview of this week’s odds at the Genesis Invitational
The Genesis Invitational will officially close the PGA Tour’s west coast swing in the city of angels at the known and loved Riviera Country Club. Celebrities who are head over heels with golfing have all played Riviera. The popular club is nicknamed as “Hogan’s Alley” after Ben Hogan, the star golfer who won the Los Angeles Open thrice at the Riviera, and won the 1948 U.S. Open at the club too.
The Tiger Woods Foundation is the host of the event, and it also benefits from it. However, Woods himself will not be around much this weekend as he is still in the recovery stages of his back surgery, and he possibly may not be well enough to compete until the Masters. Woods has never won at the Riviera until now. Another person who never won there is golfing legend Jack Nicklaus. The tournament was actually only named the Genesis Invitational in 2020, and signifies that the fields are slightly smaller (limited to 120 players), but it is still a 72-hole stroke play with a 36-hole cut.
Much went down last week at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am that left fans thirsty for more, including the withdrawal of world No. 1 Dustin Johnson, who was in Saudi Arabia just a few weeks ago for the European Tour which he, of course, ended up winning.
Dustin Johnson happens to be the +550 favorite this week after he won at the Riviera back in 2017 by five shots at 17-under 267, Riviera is a par 71 that measures more or less 7,300 yards. The world No. 1 has also been a runner-up at the Riviera twice now and ended up in the top 10 multiple times, in fact, he was T10 just last year.
Three players are +1200 to win this event for the first time, and they are Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm and Justin Thomas. Thomas’ best result is a runner-up two years ago behind J.B. Holmes (+25000), Rahm’s is T9, and McIlroy has ended up in the top 5 for the past 2 years back to back.
The winner of last year’s tournament is none other than Adam Scott, who ended up at 11-under 273 and two clear of the field. The defending champion also won way back in 2005, but it unfortunately doesn’t count as an official victory since the event had to be shortened to 36 holes because of the bad weather.
Furthermore, Bubba Watson has won the tournament three times and +4000. On Sunday, Daniel Berger won the Pebble Beach Pro-Am and had been at +2800 for this week before his withdrawal from the tournament altogether.
Prior to Scott’s win last year, Americans had been winning the tournament for eight years in a row.