The Genesis Invitational Matchups Picks


The West Coast swing on the PGA Tour for this season concludes this week with The Genesis Invitational in Los Angeles. A strong field is set to battle at Riviera Country Club with the top 10 in the latest World Golf Rankings all in the field. It is such a competitive field that only World No. 1 Jon Rahm is listed at single-digit odds to win the event. I said last week after coming off a perfect 6-0 with the matchups that there was only one way to go but it wasn’t too bad, as I went 2-2-1 with the matchups at the WM Phoenix Open. Let’s look at The Genesis Invitational matchup picks.

Defending Champion: Max Homa

WM Phoenix Open Matchups

Jon Rahm -125 vs. Patrick Cantlay

Dustin Johnson -125 vs. Collin Morikawa

Bubba Watson -126 vs. Max Homa

Justin Thomas -155 vs. Rory McIlroy

Hideki Matsuyama -130 vs. Rory McIlroy

Justin Thomas -120 vs. Dustin Johnson

Rory McIlroy -115 vs. Cameron Smith

Collin Morikawa -115 vs. Viktor Hovland

Hideki Matsuyama -115 vs. Xander Schauffele

Cameron Smith -190 vs. Brooks Koepka

Viktor Hovland -155 vs. Jordan Spieth

Scottie Scheffler -125 vs. Sungjae Im

Will Zalatoris -125 vs. Adam Scott

Sam Burns -122 vs. Matthew Fitzpatrick

Talor Gooch -126 vs. Seamus Power

Tony Finau -134 vs. Abraham Ancer

Paul Casey -115 vs. Russell Henley

Luke List -125 vs. Si Woo Kim

Joaquin Niemann -125 vs. Sergio Garcia

Marc Leishman -120 vs. Sergio Garcia

Talor Gooch -115 vs. Russell Henley

Max Homa -120 vs. Tony Finau

Maverick McNealy -120 vs. Mackenzie Hughes

Sungjae Im -140 vs. Paul Casey

Joaquin Niemann -120 vs. Jason Kokrak

Luke List -130 vs. Alex Noren

Cameron Smith -140 vs. Wil Zalatoris

Kevin Na -130 vs. Abraham Ancer

Adam Hadwin -120 vs. Patrick Reed

Jordan Spieth -120 vs. Brooks Koepka

Cameron Tringale -130 vs. Lanto Griffin

Adam Scott -120 vs. Bubba Watson

Tony Finau -135 vs. Corey Conners

Paul Casey -120 vs. Kevin Na

Thomas Pieters -115 vs. Cameron Tringale

Christiaan Bezuidenhout -125 vs. Patrick Reed

Abraham Ancer -130 vs. Erik van Rooyen

Golf Picks

Justin Thomas -155 vs. Rory McIlroy

Thomas has been kind of all or nothing in this event, as he finished second in 2019 and then missed the cut the last two years. He comes in playing really well and anything less than contention this week would be a major surprise. Rory hasn’t played in the U.S. for a while, but he has been playing in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. He has also played well in this event in the past, but his level of competition goes way up this week. I’ll take Thomas in this matchup.

Talor Gooch -126 vs. Seamus Power

Gooch played well until Sunday a week ago and then fell apart. He was still 10th in the field in strokes gained on approach and he has played well in this event with three straight top 20 finishes. Power has played better of late, but I still think Gooch is the better player and we get him at a good price in this matchup.

Paul Casey -115 vs. Russell Henley

Casey has not played in the U.S. for a while, but he has played well on the European and Asia Tours. He has finished in the top 40 in his last six tries in this event and his game carries over to wherever he tees it up. Henley struggled with his tee shots last week and I don’t know that he will get things turned around at Riviera. This seems like a short price to me, so I will take Casey in this matchup.

Luke List -125 vs. Si Woo Kim

In his last 24 rounds, List is fifth in strokes gained off the tee, fifth in strokes gained on approach, and fifth in strokes gained around the green. He has played well in this event in the past. We should know by late Friday how this matchup will turn out as Kim is usually all or nothing. He either contends or misses the cut. I think he misses the cut here so I will take List in this matchup.

Cameron Smith -140 vs. Wil Zalatoris

Smith has finished in the top six twice in this event in the last four years. He has been rolling along this season and already has a win at Kapalua. He seems underpriced in this matchup against Zalatoris. It has been a bit since Zalatoris played as he didn’t play at Pebble due to COVID, so he has been off since Torrey Pines. I’ll take Smith in this matchup.

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