The Genesis Invitational is one of the more prestigious tournaments in this early part of the PGA season and has attracted a high quality field.
This is a relatively new name, with the title sponsor Genesis only taking over in 2017, but a long-standing tournament on the PGA Tour. The event (previously called the Los Angeles Open, Nissan Open, Northern Trust Open, and the Genesis Open) has been held in California since the 1920’s. Usually the final leg of the early season residency on the west coast of the USA, it always attracts a healthy turnout of big names… but recent history gives the lesser known players more than a fair chance (James Hahn, John Merrick and JB Holmes being prime examples).
Prize money $12m ($1.67m to the winner)
72-Hole Record 264: Lanny Wadkins (1985).
18-Hole Record 61: George Archer (1983), Ted Tryba (1999).
Course winners taking part Max Homa, Adam Scott, Bubba Watson, Dustin Johnson, James Hahn.
Highest-ranked OWGR players in field: Rahm (1), Morikawa (2), Cantlay (3), Hovland (4), McIlroy (5), Johnson (6), Schauffele (7), Thomas (8), Scheffler (9), Matsuyama (10).
-12 Max Homa ($46)
-12 Tony Finau ($26)
-11 Sam Burns ($126)
-9 Cameron Smith ($101)
-7 Jon Rahm ($13)
-7 Viktor Hovland ($34)
-7 Matt Fitzpatrick ($81)
Genesis Invitational: The course
The Riviera Country Club at Pacific Palisades is a 7,322 par-71 course, designed by George Thomas and William Bell. The club first opened in 1926 and it’s a very well-regarded venue, hosting one US Open and a couple of USPGA Championships in its time. The weather can certainly impact on scoring, and with the course long for a par 71, and with the fairways tighter than many other courses used on the PGA Tour, the average winning total is never very low (around 12-under to 15-under-par).
Genesis Invitational: The weather
A clear, dry week is forecast with a daily precipitation forecast of 0%-0%-0%-0% over the course of the tournament. Temperatures will be in the low-to-mid 70s, with no cloud cover during the week. Maximum wind speeds will be highest at the weekend, reaching 8-10mph.
Genesis Invitational: Value bets
These are two value bets from the Golf Insider. Members receive all of his best bets for all markets – win and each-way, Top 10, Top 20, Round 1 Leader and 3-Ball groups. He covers every tournament on the PGA and European Tours.
Sungjae Im ($38 with TopSport)
It also took Im a while to land a first PGA Tour win, but this supreme ball-striker now has a couple of titles to his name. The South Korean is exceptional from tee-to-green, and when his putter fires, he’s capable of posting some seriously low numbers. I find it strange that he’s missed the cut here before, but this view is tempered by his solid play to start this year – 11th at the Amex and 6th at the Farmers (where he putted very well). Im is a fine player who has been overlooked by the layers this week IMO.
Joaquin Niemann ($56 with TopSport)
With a host of big names stealing the limelight at the head of the market, players like Im, and Niemann, represent some decent value this week. The Chilean golfer was Top 10 last time out in Saudi, and 6th before that at the Farmers Insurance. Now Niemann, like both the players above him, can be pulled up for not turning a lot of good play into tournament wins, but he’s a very reliable performer who just needs a few putts to drop in order to go close. Niemann is clearly playing some good golf at the moment at merits an interest at around 66/1.
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