The Genesis Invitational returns to Riviera Country Club this week and will be the 59th time the Los Angeles venue has hosted the event.
Tiger Woods will be on hand as host of the non-player tournament. The event is organized by the TGR Foundation and is the first invitational event of the season.
Max Homa will return to defend his crown from 2021 after beating Tony Finau in the playoffs to claim his second PGA Tour title. As with any event involving Tiger Woods, it drew a large field.
Each of the top 10 players in the world is competing this week, including Jon Rahm who had another solid week at the WM Phoenix Open.
Once again, Matt and Andy closed in on their selections last week. Brooks Koepka and Hideki Matsuyama battled while Patrick Cantlay lost in the playoffs to Scottie Scheffler.
Check out this week’s picks below:
Matt – Dustin Johnson (£5) 16/1 and Bubba Watson (£2.50 ew) 45/1
Dustin Johnson is back for the first time since the Farmers Insurance Open. He won the Genesis Invitational in 2017 and finished second on two other occasions.
It’s hard to predict the form of the world No. 6 at the moment, but last season he was 12th in total strokes gained and second in scoring average. He will be determined to return to the world No. 1 spot and I think 16/1 is a very generous prize for a former event winner.
Only two players in PGA Tour history have won this event more times than Bubba Watson. He started his 2022 season well at Arizona last week with a tied 14th place finish.
The two-time Masters champion only made five top 10s last season, but if there was one place he got back into shape it would be this event he has won more times than Phil Mickelson and the same number of times that Arnold. Palm.
Andy – Patrick Cantlay (£5) 12/1 and Xander Schauffele (£5) 25/1
Patrick Cantlay lost in the playoffs last week to Scottie Scheffler, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that he nearly won for the fifth time since the start of last season.
So far in 2022, the FedEx Cup champion hasn’t finished outside the top 10. He’s ranked second in scoring average and fourth in birdie average. He still holds the title of Mr Consistent.
Xander Schauffele is still three years without a win, which is hard to believe considering he’s now had 12 top-three finishes since winning the 2019 Sentry Tournament of Champions.
A victory is on the tip of his tongue. He missed just two cups last year and has three top-25 finishes in five events in the 2022 season. 25/1 is a great price for a player on the cusp of his fifth PGA victory Tower.