Top DFS Picks for the 2022 Genesis Invitational
We were riding a hot streak with our PGA Tour DFS picks, but last week was rough. Xander Schauffele carried the banner with a third-place finish. However, he was my only pick to finish in the top 45.
Now, we shift our focus to Riviera Country Club for the Genesis Invitational. We have plenty of stars on hand for the PGA Tour tournament.
Let’s check out my favorite DFS lineup for the 2022 Genesis Invitational.
Dustin Johnson ($10,200)
It’s hard to believe the Genesis Invitational will only be Dustin Johnson’s third start of the season. He didn’t finish top 20 in his first two starts, but he heads to a course that has brought him a ton of success.
Johnson missed the cut twice from 2010 and 2017, but check out his other finishes in that stretch.
- 2010: -13 (3rd)
- 2012: -5 (4th)
- 2014: -13 (2nd)
- 2015: -6 (2nd)
- 2016: -13 (4th)
- 2017: -17 (1st)
That’s six top-five finishes in eight starts in this tournament. That’s an insane streak for any golfer. Johnson capped off the run with a dominant five-shot victory in 2017. He ran away from the field after shooting three rounds under 67.
He has finished 16th or better in his last four starts. That’s a high floor for your top DFS player.
Rory McIlroy ($9,700)
Rory McIlroy only has two starts on the PGA Tour this season, but he won the CJ CUP. A few weeks ago, he scored a third-place finish on the European Tour. This week, he returns to the PGA Tour, looking for another great finish in the Genesis Invitational.
McIlroy had a pair of 20th place finishes in his first two starts in the tournament, but he was in contention in 2019 and 2020.
- 2019: -11 (4th)
- 2020: -8 (5th)
In 2019, a rough first round put McIlroy behind. Despite shooting eight-under in the second round, he fell three shots short. The following season, a poor final round doomed his hopes of winning.
I think his return to the PGA Tour will yield a solid finish.
Max Homa ($8,300)
Max Homa kicked off the 2021-22 season with a victory in the Fortinet Championship. His play tailed off, but he has two top 15 finishes in his last three starts. This week, Homa returns to the site of his second career PGA Tour win.
Check out his numbers from the 2021 Genesis Invitational.
- First Round: 66 (-5)
- Second Round: 70 (-1)
- Third Round: 70 (-1)
- Fourth Round: 66 (-5)
A big final round put Homa into a playoff with Tony Finau. A par on the second playoff hole earned Homa a one-shot victory. Finau is on my list of top picks for the 2022 Genesis Invitational.
This wasn’t the first time Homa had a good finish in the Genesis Invitational. In 2020, Homa finished fifth after shooting eight-under. I like his chances to extend his top-five streak at Riviera.
Talor Gooch ($8,000)
Talor Gooch has been one of the top golfers this season. He has one win and six top 15 finishes. However, none of those came in his last four starts. Can he bounce back with a big performance at Riviera? Gooch has three starts in the Genesis Invitational, but we haven’t seen him in contention for a win.
That’s the only time we’ve seen him shoot a low score in the tournament. He only has one other round lower than 68. That’ll probably have to change if he wants to compete for another top 10 finish.
I think Gooch can respond from his recent slide with a solid performance.
Wyndham Clark ($6,500)
Wyndham Clark has done next to nothing this season. In 10 starts, he has one top 20 finish. That came in last month’s American Express. I’m counting on his past success at Riviera to outweigh his struggles this season.
Clark has only made two starts in the Genesis Invitational, but he has posted solid numbers in both events.
- 2020: -5 (17th)
- 2021: -6 (8th)
He was in contention in the first two rounds of the 2021 tournament, but a two-over 73 in the third round left him needing a big final round. He shot a solid two-under, but it wasn’t enough to score a top five. Still, it was enough for a top 10 finish.
Putting Clark in my DFS lineup isn’t flashy, but he is a great option for his price.
James Hahn ($6,500)
I won’t blame you if you haven’t heard much about James Hahn this season. It’s been a rough season, as Hahn has only made the cut twice in his eight starts. He does have a top 15 finish at the Zozo Championship.
This week, Hahn returns to the course that delivered his first career victory. Check out his four-round score from the 2015 tournament.
- First Round: 66 (-5)
- Second Round: 74 (+3)
- Third Round: 69 (-2)
- Fourth Round: 69 (-2)
Hahn survived a rough second round to make a playoff with Dustin Johnson and Paul Casey. A birdie on the third playoff hole earned him his first career PGA Tour victory.
He has three consecutive top 15 finishes in the tournament. DFS players would love for him to extend that streak to four.
My DFS Lineup for The Genesis Invitational
- Dustin Johnson ($10,200)
- Rory McIlroy ($9,700)
- Max Homa ($8,300)
- Taylor Gooch ($8,000)
- Wyndham Clark ($6,500)
- James Hahn ($6,500)
We have a pair of heavy hitters leading the DFS lineup with Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy. Johnson’s stats at Riviera are unreal, and it wouldn’t surprise me if he won the Genesis Invitational. Hopefully, the bottom of my lineup can produce solid finishes.
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