This Genesis Invitational has attracted plenty of interest among the game’s elite – possibly sharpening their game ahead of next week’s big WGC tournament in Florida.
Genesis Invitational: The tournament
It’s relatively new name, with the sponsor Genesis only taking over in 2017, but a long-standing tournament on the PGA Tour. The event now known as the Genesis Invitational (previously the Los Angeles Open, Nissan Open, Northern Trust Open, and the Genesis Open) has been held in California since the 1920s. Usually the final leg of the early season residency on the West Coast, it always attracts a healthy turnout of big names. However, recent history gives the lesser known players more than a fair chance – James Hahn, John Merrick and JB Holmes being prime examples.
Genesis Invitational: The course
The Riviera Country Club at Pacific Palisades is a 7,322-yard par-71 course, designed by George Thomas and William Bell. The club first opened in 1926 and it’s a very well-regarded venue, having hosted a US Open and a couple of USPGA Championships in its time. The weather can certainly impact on scoring… and with the course being long for a par 71 and the fairways tight, the average winning total is never very low. We can expect around 12-under to 15-under-par.
264: Lanny Wadkins (1985)
61: Ted Tryba (1999)
Genesis Invitational: Past winners
2020: Adam Scott
2019: JB Holmes
2018: Bubba Watson
2017: Dustin Johnson
2016: Bubba Watson
2015: James Hahn
Genesis Invitational: Past winners
A standard PGA Tour field this week with 150+ in the line-up. Dustin Johnson is the $6.50 favourite with TopSport.
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Genesis Invitational: The weather
A dry week in the Golden State, with no rainfall on the forecast. Temperatures are in the mid-to-high 60s (F) throughout. Minimal cloud cover on all four days, and wind speeds generally sub-10mph. So it looks set fair for a decent week’s golfing weather.
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.
Joaquin Niemann [each way] (currently $44 with TopSport)
Niemann comes out well on my data-sheet, and it’s easy to see why. Niemann has finished runner-up on his last two starts at the Tournament Of Champions and Sony Open, both in Hawaii. His ball-striking has been superb, having gained a whopping 31 strokes from tee-to-green on his last six combined starts. This is an elite level of tee-to-green play. And it’s the kind of ball-striking that will see him thrive around Riviera. Niemann is a winner on tour, and it’s only a matter of time before he wins again. His form at Riviera is nothing special, having finished 44th on debut, then missing the cut last year. But experience around here is key, and now having played eight rounds here he’ll be better equipped to handle the course. His form and stats are outstanding right now. To be able to get upwards of 40/1 on him is decent value.
Cameron Davis [Top 20] (currently $4 with TopSport)
Davis is looking better and better with every week that passes, and his game right now is looking extremely strong. He’s played four events this year finishing 31st, 3rd, 32nd and 14th. His ball-striking has been incredible during these four events ranking 12th, 8th 1st and 8th from tee-to-green. His putting is very hot-and-cold, but last week it was looking good, ranking 5th in the field on the greens. If Davis can have another hot week putting, and continue to drive the ball superbly, the young Aussie could make a big splash this week on an ideal layout for his game. He played here in 2019, and missed the cut. But that experience will prove valuable this week, and his game now is in the best shape of his life. My figures put Davis 11th in the field this week, so the odds are too good to ignore.
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