The Genesis Invitational Odds and Picks


The best field so far this year is assembled for The Genesis Invitational at Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles this week, as all ten of the world’s top-ranked players are in the field. This is the last event on the PGA Tour’s West Coast swing before the players head to Florida. World No. 1 Jon Rahm is listed as the golf betting favorite, with last week’s runner-up Patrick Cantlay listed as the second choice. I just missed winning last week with Cantlay losing in a playoff. I hit the winner a few weeks ago with Luke List at big odds. Let’s look at The Genesis Invitational Odds and picks.

Venue: This event takes place at Riviera Country Club which is a par 71 that measures 7,322 yards. Riviera has long been known as one of the best golf courses in the world and it has hosted three major championships. It will host the U.S. Women’s Open in 2026 and it will host Olympics golf in 2028.

Last Year: Max Homa picked up his second PGA Tour victory, as he defeated Tony Finau in a playoff. Homa nearly won in regulation but a putt lipped out that would have given him the victory. Homa made par on the second playoff hole to defeat Finau who made bogey. Sam Burns, who led heading into the final round, finished one shot behind Homa and Finau. Burns had three bogeys in four holes on the back side as part of his collapse. Cameron Smith finished in fourth place, while Jon Rahm, Viktor Hovland and Matthew Fitzpatrick tied for fifth place.

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The Genesis Invitational Odds

Jon Rahm +950

Patrick Cantlay +1200

Justin Thomas +1400

Dustin Johnson +1600

Collin Morikawa +2000

Rory McIlroy +2000

Hideki Matsuyama +2000

Xander Schauffele +2200

Cameron Smith +2200

Viktor Hovland +2700

Scottie Scheffler +2700

Brooks Koepka +3100

Jordan Spieth +3100

Will Zalatoris +3100

Sam Burns +3100

Sungjae Im +3300

Max Homa +3700

Adam Scott +4100

Matthew Fitzpatrick +4100

Bubba Watson +4100

Tony Finau +4500

Jason Kokrak +5500

Talor Gooch +5500

Seamus Power +5500

Sergio Garcia +5500

Marc Leishman +5500

Paul Casey +6000

Russell Henley +6000

Abraham Ancer +6500

Luke List +6500

Si Woo Kim +6500

Patrick Reed +6500

Alex Noren +6500

Joaquin Niemann +6500

Tom Hoge +6500

Kevin Na +6500

Thomas Pieters +6500

Cameron Tringale +8000

Corey Conners +8000

Lanto Griffin +8000

Maverick McNealy +9000

Adam Hadwin +9000

MacKenzie Hughes +9000

Christiaan Bezuidenhout +9000

Erik Van Rooyen +9000

All other players are listed with odds of 100-1 or more


Jon Rahm +950

Get ready for the broken record again. Week after week on the PGA Tour the favorite doesn’t win. Granted, there will be some occasions where the favorite does win a golf tournament on the PGA Tour, but it happens so rarely that you simply can’t bet favorites and win. Rahm is playing well and he is the top-ranked player in the world, so he is definitely capable of winning, but this is a very good field and the odds are simply too low on Rahm to make him worth a play.

Value Picks

Cameron Smith +2200

It could be time to start putting Smith into the group of best golfers in the world. He has played well at Riviera in the past with a fourth place finish last year and a tie for 6th in 2018. You can make a case that Smith is in the best form of his career with top 15 results in five of his last six starts. Smith has an excellent short game and we know that is critical at Riviera. I will take Smith at odds of 22-1.

Sam Burns +3100

I am throwing Burns in here simply because of where he was on the leaderboard last year before collapsing. He led this event after three rounds and was in position to win and then had trouble on the back side. Burns is very capable of rebounding and winning this year. I will take him at odds of 31-1.

Talor Gooch +5500

You have to take note of what Gooch has done on this course of late, as he tied for 12th last year, tied for 10th two years ago and tied for 20th in 2018. Gooch is in good form, as he had top 30 results in five of his first six starts. He played well last week at the WM Phoenix Open before faltering in the final round. I think he has some value at this big number.

Paul Casey +6000

When was the last time you saw Paul Casey at 60-1? He has finished in the Top 25 in each of his last four events. He hasn’t had great results at Riviera but he has sure played well at similar courses. We know Casey can compete against the best players in the world and it would not surprise me at all to see him in contention this week.

Check out the latest The Genesis Invitational odds at SugarHouse Sportsbook.