PGA Preview: 2020 Genesis Invitational Picks, Odds and Info

The 2020 Genesis Invitational has the deepest field of any event thus far in 2020. That means there are plenty of top-rated players, such as Tiger Woods, to consider when making your pics. 

Blustery winds played havoc at Pebble Beach last week but I still hit several good finishers including Phil Mickelson (+2200) who made a run for the win while finishing 3rd. Patrick Cantlay (+1000) carding a T11. See my PGA betting article for the 2020 Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

Riviera Country Club is located just inside the city limits of Los Angeles at just under two miles from the coast. So hopefully ocean wind gusts won’t be too much of a problem heading into Thursday’s opening round.

2020 Genesis Invitational Basic Info

Where:             Pacific Palisades, California

Course:           Riviera Country Club

Par:                  71

Length:            7,322

When:             February 13-16, 2020

Purse:             $9.3 million

Last Winner:   J.B. Holmes

TV Coverage: CBS/Golf Channel

Top Golfers To Consider for the 2020 Genesis Invitational

Bubba Watson +1000

Bubba Watson has won this event three times since 2014 and he’s placed in the top-twenty every other time he’s made the cut at Riviera.

His season started out rough with a missed cut and a few mid-pack finishes. However, over the last four events he has played in, Bubba went 18, T8, T6, and a T3 at Phoniex.

Watson could tack on a fourth Genesis win on Sunday.

Jon Rahm +900

Jon Rahm has been hot since he started playing on the PGA Tour in 2016 as he’s racked up three Tour wins along with plenty of top-ten finishes. He also has notched four international wins since his PGA debut.

This season he has played four PGA Tour events and carded all in the top-ten with a pair of second-place finishes. He’s risen to No. 3 on the OWGR ranking and is now ranked 33rd in FEDEX CUP points.

Rory McIlroy +750

Rory McIlroy is the favorite heading into the opening round coming in at +750 and he’s my pick to win.

I know it’s easy to pick the favorite, but I also go by recent past performance.

McIlroy has taken over the No. 1 spot on the OWGR list again as of the latest rankings. Plus, he’s played the Riveria course well over the years carding a T4 last year. Now, tack on the fact that this season he has one win, a T2, and a pair of T3 finishes.

Genesis Invitational Long Shots:

I like two players that are somewhat down the favorites list but still well within striking distance. The first being Adam Scott (+2800) who looked like a contender last year before a late fade netting him a T7.

The other is Tony Finau (+2500) who has carded several top-ten runs and seems to be poised for a big win. Both players have a game well suited for a classic course such as Riviera Country Club which plays long despite being a Par 71 course.

Others I like to Win the Genesis:

Tiger Woods                        +1600

Brooks Koepka            +2200

Hideki Matsuyama            +2800

Phil Mickelson                        +4500

Complete Odds for the Genesis Invitational

Rory McIlroy                        +750

Justin Thomas                        +900

Jon Rahm                        +900

Dustin Johnson            +1400

Tiger Woods                        +1600

Patrick Cantlay            +2000

Xander Schauffele            +2200

Bubba Watson            +2200

Brooks Koepka            +2200

Tony Finau                        +2500

Hideki Matsuyama            +2800

Adam Scott                        +2800

Jason Day                        +3300

Marc Leishman            +3500

Justin Rose                        +4000

Patrick Reed                        +4000

Phil Mickelson                        +4500

Jordan Spieth                        +4500

Abraham Ancer            +4500

Bryson DeChambeau            +5000

Paul Casey                        +5000

Collin Morikawa            +5000

Sergio Garcia                        +5000

Sungjae Im                        +5000

Matt Kuchar                        +5500

J.B. Holmes                        +6600

Matthew Fitzpatrick            +6600

Kevin Na                        +7500

Ryan Moore                        +8000

Alex Noren                        +8000

Joaquin Niemann            +8000

Charles Howell III            +8000

Branden Grace            +8000

Max Homa                        +8000

Nick Taylor                        +10000

Scottie Scheffler            +10000

Adam Hadwin                        +10000

Cameron Champ            +10000

Cameron Smith            +10000

Corey Conners            +10000

Ryan Palmer                        +10000

Jason Kokrak                        +10000

Brendon Todd                        +10000

Erik Van Rooyen            +10000

Rafael Cabrera Bello            +10000

Keegan Bradley            +12500

JT Poston                        +12500

Chez Reavie                        +12500

Scott Piercy                        +12500

Matthew Wolff                        +12500

Francesco Molinari            +12500

Russell Knox                        +12500

Danny Willett                        +12500

Brian Harman                        +15000

Jim Furyk                        +15000

Bud Cauley                        +15000

Andrew Putnam            +15000

Lanto Griffin                        +15000

Vaughn Taylor                        +15000

Patrick Rodgers            +17500

Matt Jones                        +17500

Carlos Ortiz                        +17500

Emiliano Grillo                        +17500

Rory Sabbatini            +17500

Dylan Frittelli                        +20000

Charley Hoffman            +20000

Denny McCarthy            +20000

Aaron Wise                        +20000

Nate Lashley                        +20000

Andrew Landry            +20000

Sung Kang                        +20000

Nick Watney                        +20000

Jhonattan Vegas            +20000

Sebastian Munoz            +20000

Pat Perez                        +20000

Wyndham Clark            +20000

Joel Dahmen                        +20000

Aaron Baddeley            +20000

Cameron Tringale            +20000

Martin Laird                        +20000

Luke List                        +25000

Adam Long                        +25000

Talor Gooch                        +25000

Kevin Chappell            +25000

James Hahn                        +25000

Jimmy Walker                        +25000

Kiradech Aphibarnrat            +25000

Scott Stallings                        +25000

Michael Thompson            +30000

Kevin Tway                        +30000

Brian Gay                        +30000

Kyle Stanley                        +30000

Danny Lee                        +30000

Russell Henley            +30000

Adam Schenk                        +30000

Harold Varner III            +30000

Troy Merritt                        +30000

Jason Dufner                        +30000

Sam Ryder                        +30000

Joseph Bramlett            +30000

About the Author

Kent Whitaker is an award-winning author, culinary writer and sports writer. Whitaker's books range from BBQ, Grilling, Tailgating and additional culinary titles to WWII history books, books about NASCAR and racing and titles for kids.

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·      Great American Grilling – Ultimate Backyard Barbecue and Tailgating

·      The Gulf Coast Seafood Cookbook

·      Smoke in the Mountains - The Art of Appalachian Barbecue

·      Checkered Flag Cooking - Tailgating Stock Car Racing

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·      The USS Alabama - The History of the Mighty A

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·      Bullets and Bread - Feeding the Greats and Grunts of WWII

·      Big Mo's Tennis Ball Hunt

·       Why Are the Mountains Smokey?

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