2022 Genesis Invitational Betting Card Preview
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Onto the golf...
The best golfers in the world are in Pacific Palisades this week at Riviera Country Club for the Genesis Invitational. It's the last stop on what's been an electric west coast swing. "The Riv" is a classic course that tests a golfer's all-around game. It often ranks as one of the 10-12 most difficult courses on Tour each season, and features narrow fairways off the tee, with second shot proximity to the hole more difficult here than your average Tour stop. Familiarity with the fast and firm greens is crucial, and around the green skills come into play more this week than most. A successful week will include scoring on the Par-5' and surviving the Par-4s whenever possible.
Riviera and San Diego's Torrey Pines, host of the Farmers Insurance Open just a few weeks back, are the only courses on Tour that feature poa annua greens and Kikuyu fairways and rough, making Torrey a strong corollary course when capping this week. The poa/Kikuya combination is native to both southern California and Australia, and past leaderboards at Riviera have been littered with golfers that call either place home.
Past Winners at The Genesis Invitational:
- 2021: Max Homa (-12)
- 2020: Adam Scott (-11)
- 2019: J.B. Holmes (-14)
- 2018: Bubba Watson (-12)
- 2017: Dustin Johnson (-17)
- 2016: Bubba Watson (-15)
- 2015: James Hahn (-6)
Handicapping early-season events when we have less relevant form data than we do in the spring and summer is a bit more of a feel thing than I'd like it to be. I'd prefer to lean on as much data as possible, but we're all in the same boat so let's work with what we have. At this point, we've seen most of the field stateside for a start or two, so that helps. For more course-specific data and event trends, please check out Ron Klos's tournament preview. It's the most comprehensive preview you'll find anywhere.
There are so many ways to bet on this beautiful game, and I want to touch on all of them. Picking outright winners is fun, but must be done responsibly. Unit sizing is key, and I've shared my approach with our subscribers in the Discord chat. In this space, I want to touch on the players I'm targeting this week and share my opinion on the best way to bet them at this event.
Please take advantage of the Discord feature and community. It's the best way to get up-to-the-minute lines and advice, and if you need help getting started, please reach out. That's where my full card will be posted, along with any live in-tournament bets. I posted an 11/1 Brooks Koepka T5 in the Discord last week, and you missed it if you're only reading this article.
Betting markets are fluid, but I'll note the best number available at the time of this writing.
*Betting lines accurate at the time of publication.
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