PGA Genesis Invitational 2020 - Predictions, Odds, Top Picks
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Genesis Invitational Event Information
Points: 500 FedEx Cup points for the winner
Total prize money: $9.3 million
Winner prize money: $1.674 million
When: February 13th to February 16th
Where: Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles, CA
The course: 71-hole, 7,322 yards
How to watch: The Golf Channel from 1:00 PM ET to 5:00 PM ET
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The Genesis Invitational is the 18th event of the 2019-20 PGA Tour and the seventh event of the year.
The tournament was made into an invitational for this season, becoming the fifth event to hold the status.
With this change, the field for the 2020 edition has been reduced to 120 players.
This doesn’t mean that the competition will be less exciting, but quite the opposite.
The top 5 players from the world ranking are set to compete.
Golf fans can expect a stacked field, as the list of entrants looks very promising and is filled with talent from top to bottom.
The Genesis Invitational will also pay 500 FedEx Cup points to the champion.
Justin Thomas is currently at the top of the FedEx Cup standings, holding a 229 points lead over second-place Webb Simpson.
Genesis Invitational Tournament Schedule
|Thursday, Feb. 13||Round 1||6 a.m.||Golf Channel 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.|
|Friday, Feb. 14||Round 2||6 a.m.||Golf Channel 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.|
|Saturday, Feb. 15||Round 3||7:30 a.m.||Golf Channel 10-11:45 a.m.;|
CBS 12-3:30 p.m.
|Sunday, Feb. 16||Round 4||7:30 a.m.||Golf Channel 10-11:45 a.m.;|
CBS 12-3:30 p.m.
Genesis Invitational History
For Tiger Woods, The Genesis Invitational is a special place to play. See the legacy continue on Thursday. pic.twitter.com/L0PPL5uIsg
— The Genesis Invitational (@thegenesisinv) February 11, 2020
Originally known as the Los Angeles Open, the tournament was held for the first time in 1926.
The tournament has been played at the Riviera Country Club every year since 1998.
Prior to the permanent move, which happened in 1973, the Los Angeles Open moved from club to club.
By then, the tournament had been hosted by ten different clubs.
Riviera Country Club hosted the Open for the first time back in 1929.
The first-ever edition was played at the Los Angeles Country Club.
Initially held as the first event of the year, the Genesis Invitational has now moved to February and traditionally closes out the PGA Tour’s West Coast swing.
In 1992, a 16-year old Tiger Woods took part in the Los Angeles Open, making it his first-ever event as a professional.
Woods has been named the host following the tournament’s promotion to Invitational status.
While the event certainly has a special place in Woods’ career, he has never won the Genesis Invitational.
This move has naturally led to a significant increase in prize money, with the purse growing an impressive $1,9 million for 2020.
Macdonald Smith and Lloyd Mangrum lead the all-time winners’ list at the event, holding four titles.
Bubba Watson leads all active players with three titles.
Round 1 begins this Thursday, starting at 8:00 AM ET.
You can watch the 2020 Genesis Invitational live on the Golf Channel, with coverage beginning at 1:00 PM ET.
Top Picks for the 2020 Genesis Invitational
1. Rory McIlroy
Back to the top of the ranking, McIlroy is in scintillating form to start the year.
The four-time major champion has played in three PGA Tour events, scoring one win and finishing all of them inside the top 3.
While the Northern Irishman has never won the Genesis, he did score a career-best T4 finish last year.
Carrying plenty of momentum from his return to the top of the world ranking, McIlroy could continue his hot streak this week.
2. Bubba Watson
With three Genesis Invitational titles, Watson is tied for second in the all-time winners’ list of the event.
The two-time major champion has made six PGA Tour appearances this year.
While Watson did struggle early on, he is riding a streak of three consecutive top 10 finishes.
He was eighth at the QBE Shootout, tied for sixth at the Farmers Insurance Open and is coming off a top 3 at the Phoenix Open.
Back in very familiar territory, Watson is an excellent pick at great value for this week.
His most recent win at the tournament came in 2018, while his most recent result was a tie for 15th place last year.
3. Dustin Johnson
Johnson won the Genesis Invitational in 2017 by a relatively comfortable margin.
The result would eventually help him climb to the world ranking’s number 1 spot.
He has only made two appearances this year, with the best result of seventh.
Johnson had another solid year in 2019, claiming one win, seven finishes inside the top 10 and ten finishes inside the top 25.
A perennial top 5, Johnson could once again rely on his usual consistency to score another good result at the Genesis Invitational.
The former number 1 finished tied for ninth place at the Genesis Open last year.
4. Jon Rahm
The number 3 player in the world ranking, Rahm is another name that will likely be near the top of the leaderboard.
The young Spaniard scored a T9 finish at the Genesis Invitational in 2019.
Carrying over his form from last season, he has scored one runner-up finish and another two top 10 finishes in three events.
Rahm had a very good 2018-19 season, scoring one win, two top 3, 12 top 10 and an impressive 17 top 25 finishes in 20 events.
5. Justin Thomas
Thomas is off to a phenomenal start in 2020.
The former world number 1 has played in six events, winning two and finishing six times inside the top 10.
Thomas is coming off a T3 finish at the Phoenix Open, adding a third top 3 result to his record this season.
The current FedEx Cup points leader finished second at the Genesis Invitational last year, a career-best result at the event.
Having narrowly missed out on a win last year, the American is a very good pick and offers good value for 2020.
2020 Genesis Invitational Winner Odds
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