Horses for Courses: The Genesis Invitational 2022

Bubba Watson is the modern marvel at this classic design but Adam Scott has earned the most money all time.

The field is loaded, the purse is $12 million and the course is magnificent.

Great combo for February!

Super Bowl celebrations are still ongoing and the bright spotlight remains on Los Angeles this week as the top 11 and 16 of the top 20 top golfers in the world tee it up at The Riviera Country Club.

The 96th Los Angeles Open, now presented as The Genesis Invitational hosted by Tiger Woods and his TGR Foundation, is a magnet for top players annually. The last four editions have all ranked in the top 17 most difficult on TOUR. Only the 2021 event (17th) ranked outside the top 10 in the last four events. The event has been played at The Riviera Country Club continuously since 1999.


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The Riv, as the locals call it, plays to a Par-71 and extends to 7,322 yards. All 14 clubs will be in use this week and so will all nine shot shapes. Kikuyugrass off the fairways and greens will snatch errant tee shots (no water) while Poa annua greens demand concentration from all putts regardless of length.

Max Homa returns to defend his title and leads the field of 121 players. As an elevated Invitational event, the prize pool is $12 million with the winner taking home $2.16 million plus 550 FedExCup points.

Let’s find some horses for courses!

Horses for Courses

Recent Winners
entered this week
(cuts made/events entered)
Top 10sTop 252020 BET MGM ODDS
Win, Top 10, Top 20
    
2021: Max Homa (3/5)22+4000; +400; +160
2020: Adam Scott (12/13)69+4000; +333; +140
2018: Bubba Watson (8/15)38+4000; +350; +150
2017: Dustin Johnson (12/14)1011+1600; +160; -135
2016: Bubba Watson (8/15)38+4000; +350; +150
2015: James Hahn (7/8)14+20000; +1600; +650
    
Eye Catchers
entered this week
(cuts made/events entered)
Top 10s Top 252020 BET MGM ODDS
Win, Top 10, Top 20
    
Tony Finau (5/7)23+5000; +450; +180
Francesco Molinari (3/7)11+12500; +1000; +400
Matt Kuchar (13/15)26+15000; +1100; +450
Hideki Matsuyama (5/7)35+2200; +200; -110
Chez Reavie (4/11)22+25000; +1600; +650
Justin Thomas (5/7)22+1600; +150; -160
Marc Leishman (8/12)24+5000; +400; +180
Kevin Na (11/18)45+6600; +550; +225
Adam Hadwin (7/7)13+10000; +800; +350
Jordan Spieth (7/9)25+4000; +350; +150
Martin Laird (7/12)24+15000; +1100; +450
Charley Hoffman (11/15)12+20000; +1400;+550
Cameron Tringale (9/10)15+8000; +600; +250
Jason Kokrak (8/10)13+6600; +500; +225
Paul Casey (8/9)14+6600; +500; +225
Sergio Garcia (11/14)37+5000; +450; +200
    
Gaining Traction
entered this week
(cuts made/events entered)
Top 10sTop 252020 BET MGM ODDS
Win, Top 10, Top 20
    
Sam Burns (2/3)12+4000; +333; +140
Cameron Smith (4/6)22+2000; +180; -125
Viktor Hovland (1/1)11+2500; +240; +105
Jon Rahm (3/3)23+900; -125; -250
Matt Fitzpatrick (2/2)11+3300; +333; +140
Wyndham Clark (2/2)12+20000; +1600; +600
Matt Jones (4/6)12+15000; +1200; +500
Rory McIlroy (4/5)24+2000; +190; -125
Joel Dahmen (1/4)11+15000; +1100; +400
Talor Gooch (3/3)13+5000; +450; +190
Si Woo Kim (2/6)11+8000; +650; +275
Carlos Ortiz (4/5)12+15000; +1100; +400
Patrick Cantlay (4/6)14+1100; +100; -200
Scott Stallings (3/6)11+20000; +1400; +600
Xander Schauffele (4/4)14+2000; +180; -110
Thomas Pieters (2/2)11+6600; +550; +240

Odds sourced on Tuesday, February 15 at 1 p.m. ET. For live odds visit betmgm.

Recent Event Winner Stats

Year202120202019
WinnerMax HomaAdam ScottJ.B. Holmes
Score-12-11-14
MOVPlayoff (Finau)2 (Kang, Brown, Kuchar)1 (Justin Thomas)
CutEven 1421-over, 143E, 142
Age313936
Pre-Tournament Odds+5000+3000+10000
    
All DrivesT2689
AccuracyT3T63T59
GIRT51T2
Ball-Striking 19T32
ProximityT34T18T30
Putting: Birdie or Better %7T1022
    
SG: Off-the-Tee217T37
SG: Approach-the-Green2136
SG: Around-the-Green91733
SG: Putting7271
SG: Tee-to-Green3311
    
ScramblingT244617
Bogey AvoidanceT5T76
Par-3 ScoringT16T81
Par-4 ScoringT53T1
Par-5 ScoringT1 T37T65

Extra Credit (players entered this week only)

2021

Winner Max Homa posted a bogey-free 66 Sunday to force and then win a playoff. … Tony Finau (P2) led the field in SG: TTG and Par-Breakers (22) and was also T2 in 2018. … Sam Burns (3rd) tied the 36 hole record and led by two after 54 holes. … Cameron Smith (4th) co-led the field with Finau with 20 birdies and needed just 104 putts. … Matt Fitzpatrick (T5) opened with 66 and played in the penultimate group Sunday. … Viktor Hovland (T5) led the field in SG: Off-the-Tee and Proximity in his first visit. … Jon Rahm (T5) led the field in GIR and Ball-Striking. … Wyndham Clark (T8) signed for T17 on debut in 2020 so he must like it here. … Dustin Johnson (T8) cashes in the top 10 for the seventh time in eight tries and 10th overall. … Matt Jones (T8) only needed 99 putts (!?!?!). … Riviera member Francesco Molinari (T8) took only 100 putts. … Defending champion Adam Scott (T38) closed with 66 and is still No. 1 on the all-time money list here.

2020

Winner Adam Scott picked up the trophy in the first year of Invitational status, his 14th on TOUR, as he played the final 54 holes 12-under. … Matt Kuchar (T2) led or shared the lead after 54 holes as he picked up his second top 10 in five years. … Joel Dahmen (T5) hasn’t broken par or made the cut in his other three visits. … Max Homa (T5) posted 65 in Round 3 and was T3 GIR. … Hideki Matsuyama (T5) made the cut on the number and posted 64-69 on the weekend. …  Rory McIlroy (T5) shared the 54 hole lead with Kuchar and Scott but closed with 73 including a triple. MC 2021. … Talor Gooch (T10) T6 Fairways, T5 GIR and was T12 in 2021. … Dustin Johnson (T10) led the field in Putting. … Chez Reavie (T10) MC before and MC after. … Defending champion JB Holmes (T51) opened 69-69 but didn’t factor on the weekend. … Scott’s victory here in 2005 is NOT official as the event was called after 36 holes. …

2019

Winner JB Holmes (not entered this week) made up a four shot deficit on Sunday and won the last full field (144 players) event. … Justin Thomas (2nd) led after 36 holes and by four after 54 holes. … Si Woo Kim (3rd) closed 66-68 as he only took 102 putts (1st). … Marc Leishman (T4) one of two players to post all four rounds in the 60s. … Rory McIlroy (T4) posted 63 in Round 2, co-low round of the week (Holmes, Round 1) and led the field in GIR. … Adam Scott (T7) was also 13-under like Holmes after 54 holes but closed with 76. … Dustin Johnson (T9) is an ATM here. … Hideki Matsuyama (T9), another with Masters connections, broke his top 10 streak with MC last year. … Carlos Ortiz (T9) continues his streak of T26 or better from four weekends. … Jon Rahm (T9) backed up his debut top 10 with T17 in 2020. … Three time champion Bubba Watson (T15) couldn’t join the repeat club or four time winner’s club.

Notes

• Last repeat champion is Phil Mickelson (not entered) 2008-09.
• Only Macdonald Smith and Lloyd Mangrum (4) have more wins here than Bubba Watson (3).
• The last wire to wire winner was Charlie Sifford in 1969.
• Multiple time winners at Riviera for The Genesis Invitational who are also MASTERS champions: Sam Snead, Tom Watson, Fred Couples, Mike Weir, Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson. (Adam Scott 2005 Genesis Invitational win UNOFFICIAL)
• Last European winner here was Nick Faldo in 1997.
• Last two international winners have been Australians (Scott and Aaron Baddeley 2011).
• The last NINE winners have been over 30 years old.
• James Hahn is the only first time TOUR winner since 2014.
• The last player to win on debut at the event was Scott in 2005.
• Thomas Pieters won individual NCAA championship here and was T2 in 2017.
• Paul Casey has played the weekend in his last eight visits.
• Cameron Tringale has cashed 9 of 10.
• Jordan Spieth has cashed five straight. And shot 81 in Round 4 in 2019. Member of Longhorns National Championship team at Riviera.
• Canadian Adam Hadwin T26-T26 his last two.
• Kevin Na best two are T2 2018 and T4 2017.
• James Hahn’s last three are T15, T13 and T14.

Key stat leaders

Top golfers in each statistic on the 2020-2021 PGA TOUR are listed only if they are scheduled to compete this week

Winners have:

• Seven of the last seven are T11 or better SG: Tee-to-Green.
• Last seven T9 or better Bogey Avoidance.
• Last six T7 or better GIR.
• Bill Haas is the last winner in his 20s (2012).

Strokes Gained: Approach the Green
RankPlayer
  
1Collin Morikawa
2Paul Casey
3Justin Thomas
4Keegan Bradley
6Russell Henley
7Will Zalatoris
8Jon Rahm
T9Corey Conners
12Emiliano Grillo
14Xander Schauffele
15Viktor Hovland
16Charley Hoffman
17Hideki Matsuyama
20Russell Knox
  
Strokes-Gained: Tee-to-Green
RankPlayer
  
1Jon Rahm
2Collin Morikawa
T3Justin Thomas
T3Patrick Cantlay
6Keegan Bradley
7Paul Casey
8Viktor Hovland
9Will Zalatoris
10Rory McIlroy
11Brooks Koepka
12Corey Conners
13Sergio Garcia
15Hideki Matsuyama
16Tony Finau
17Xander Schauffele
20Russell Henley
  
Bogey Avoidance
RankPlayer
  
1Jon Rahm
2Patrick Cantlay
5Abraham Ancer
6Russell Henley
7Seamus Power
8Cameron Tringale
12Hank Lebioda
13Sungjae Im
14Justin Thomas
16Russell Knox
17Collin Morikawa
20Cameron Smith
21Emiliano Grillo
23Doug Ghim
24Will Zalatoris
24Kevin Na
24Paul Casey

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