The 2020-21 PGA Tour heads to the Riviera Country Club for the resumption of the season after a few days of rest. Last week, Daniel Berger bagged $1,404,000 (~28.5 BTC) in Pebble Beach. Which golfer will get the biggest cut of the purse at the 2021 Genesis Open, which kicks off this Thursday? NitroBetting news peeks at some of the golfers to watch out for at this week’s PGA Tour event.
2020-21 PGA TOUR The Genesis Invitational Tournament Preview
When: February 18-21, 2021
Where: The Riviera Country Club, Pacific Palisades, California
Radio: PGA TOUR Radio
Live Stream: GOLF Channel
Odds: The Genesis Invitational odds
Watch out for these drivers
Dustin Johnson (+550)
The world’s top-ranked golfer has not made a start since January’s Sentry Tournament of Champions in Maui, where he settled tied for 11th. Rust could be a factor that may affect DJ’s performance, but that that shouldn’t be enough to shadow the fact that he’s always been near-flawless on the golf course over the past several tournaments he’s played in. Since the season began, Johnson has placed inside the top 10 in three of four starts, which includes his record-setting win at the Masters Tournament last November.
Dustin Johnson has nine top-10 finishes at Riviera.@TheGenesisInv Power Rankings. 👇— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) February 16, 2021
Jon Rahm (+1200)
Rahm didn’t appear at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am last week, but in the tournament before that, he finished tied for 13th at the Waster Management Phoenix Open. Rahm has zero wins so far this season, but he’s not embarrassed himself either. He has four top 10s and is 7 of 7 in all his starts. He nearly won the ZOZO CHAMPIONSHIP @ SHERWOOD last October, as he ended up settling tied for second. Rahm finished ninth at the 2019 Genesis Open and 17th in the 2020 edition of the tournament.
Rory McIlroy (+1300)
McIlroy slid down a spot in the world rankings after skipping the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, but the extra rest could be all he needs to finally break into the win column again. McIlroy hasn’t won a PGA Tour event since November of 2019, which is a bit surprising, considering he’s one of the best golfers of his generation. However, McIlroy has always put himself in the position to win. This season, he made the cut in all of his six starts, which includes a T8 at the US Open and a T5 at the Masters.
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Jordan Spieth (+4000)
Spieth generated loud noises over his last two starts, leaving golf fans thinking whether he’s finally getting back to his old form. Spieth, who has not won a tournament since he lifted the Claret Jug at the British Open nearly four years ago, went back-to-back top 5s with a T4 at the Waste Management Phoenix Open and a T3 at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Spieth’s search for a drought-ending win seems like it’s just a matter of time, and that could come this weekend at The Riviera Country Club.
Hideki Matsuyama (+4500)
Matsuyama has made the cut nine out of 10 times this season but has only made it to the top 10 once, which was a runner-up finish at the Vivint Houston Open last November. Matsuyama has been cold over the past few tournaments, having finished outside of the top 40 in three of his last four starts, but he could pull off a surprise this weekend at The Riviera Country Club, where he has three top 10s in six starts.
Expert’s Prediction for the 2021 Genesis Invitational Tournament
Dustin Johnson carries some sort of an aura of invincibility when he’s on the golf course, thus his status as the favorite to win at the 2021 Genesis Open. But there’s plenty of talent on the field at the Riviera Country Club, so it wouldn’t be astonishing if somebody else with much longer odds managed to pull the rug from underneath Johnson and the favorites.
*All odds stated are subject to change without prior notice