Betting on Who Wins the 2020 Genesis Invitational

| February 10, 2020 11:59 am PDT

With nine of the world’s top ten golfers set to tee it up in the Pacific Palisades, the field at the 2020 Genesis Invitational is absolutely stacked.

I’m talking comparable to any major or WGC event.

Brooks Koepka isn’t even among the top-six betting favorites to win the golf tournament. World beaters like Justin Rose and Patrick Reed can be backed at an incredibly salivating price (+4000).

Tiger and Rory are both gracing us with their presence, the weather should be ideal, and the layout at Riviera Country Club is among the finest in all of golf.

Are you ready to bet on this week’s PGA Tour event or what?

Let’s get started with the Genesis Invitational odds and my prediction for the winner.

2020 Genesis Invitational Odds to Win

When studying the pricing from one of the best golf betting sites, there’s a lot to be excited about. Newly crowned world #1 Rory McIlroy leads the way on the heels of four consecutive top-4 showings, highlighted by his playoff victory over Xander Schauffele in Shanghai.

Considering Rory has cracked the top 10 in nine of his last eleven starts worldwide, there seem to be few scenarios of him not getting into contention this week in SoCal.

What Happened at the 2019 Genesis Invitational?

J.B. Holmes shot 14-under par and outlasted a star-studded leaderboard that included Justin Thomas (runner-up) and Rory McIlroy (T-4th). Adam Scott, Hideki Matsuyama, Dustin Johnson, and Jon Rahm all landed inside the top 10 as well.

Thomas began the final round with a four-stroke lead and birdied the first hole right out of the gates, but he produced five bogeys and a double over his next 13 holes and eventually came up a shot short.

Tiger Woods got it to 10-under through seven holes on Sunday and was within striking distance, but the “Big Cat” stumbled down the stretch and wound up in a tie for 15th.

Horses for Courses

When it comes to Riviera Country Club — one of the most pristine venues in the annual PGA Tour rotation — there are some players who we just expect to play well here. For example, Bubba Watson has won this event three times (2014, 2016, 2018) and has shown terrific form as of late.

Phil Mickelson is coming off a third-place finish at Pebble Beach and is looking for his third trophy at this event. Phil lost in a playoff to Charles Howell III here in 2007 before emerging as the champ in both 2008 and 2009.

Dustin Johnson has consistently shredded this place up, dating back to 2014, but more on DJ in a bit.

As far as an individual who hasn’t fared as well at “Riv” compared to other tracks around the globe, Tiger Woods is still searching for his maiden victory at the Genesis Invitational after all these years. Those wondering when Tiger will win his 83rd event and officially break Sam Snead’s record might have to wait a little bit longer.

My Pick to Win the Genesis Invitational

With so many top players in the field and playing well, it’s not easy narrowing it down to a single choice. Then again, it’s a little bit easier once you examine Dustin Johnson’s track record at the PGA Tour stop nestled in between Brentwood and Santa Monica.

I should point out DJ’s 16th-place finish at the 2018 Genesis Invitational because that’s the only time in the last six years that he didn’t tally a top 10.

Dustin Johnson’s Finishes at the Genesis Invitational Since 2014
Year Finish
2014 2nd
2015 2nd
2016 4th
2017 1st
2018 16th
2019 9th

The 35-year-old South Carolina native also finished 9th here in 2009, 3rd in 2010, and 4th in 2012.

Now that we’re clear on Dustin Johnson’s affinity for this golf course, let’s take a look at what kind of form he’s in. Johnson has played three times in 2020.

He placed 7th in Maui and 2nd in Saudi Arabia, and he was tied for 7th after 54 holes last week in Pebble Beach.

I can’t be certain if Dustin’s wand will be of the blade or mallet variety when he shows up on Thursday, but I can be sure that he’ll be standing on the first tee beaming with confidence. After seeing Johnson installed at +1200 to win the Genesis Invitational at a lot of the top PGA Tour sportsbooks online, I quickly pounced when I saw him at +1400 at the BetOnline sportsbook.

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Quick Wrap-Up

I’m picking Dustin Johnson to win the Genesis Invitational, but that’s just the beginning of the 2020 Genesis Invitational betting guides from me. My sleepers and value plays are on the way, and my PGA Tour DFS picks for DraftKings will immediately follow.

By clicking this link, you’ll also be able to check out the head-to-head matchups I recommend targeting once they’re available.

Good luck, and enjoy the week!

Michael Wynn

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