A stellar field is in place in Los Angeles where Tiger Woods is hosting the Genesis Invitational
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As the Tiger-hosted Genesis Invitational welcomes a field packed with class, I’ve taken a look through the form to select my best three bets. You can find my Genesis Invitational betting tips below.
This is the first year that this event is an Invitational and with that comes several changes. The Genesis Invitational, formerly known as the Genesis Open, now has an elevated PGA Tour status and sits alongside the Memorial Tournament and the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
With Tiger’s event now one of the biggest on tour it’s not surprising to see a top-class field in place to compete for the increased prize money. As an invitational it now has a field of 120 instead of the usual 144 and a three-year exemption is on offer as opposed to the usual two-year.
Venue: Riviera Country Club, Los Angeles, USA
Date: February 13-16
Course stats: Par 71, 7,340 yards
Defending champion: JB Holmes (-14)
Prize money: $9.3 million
Thursday: Featured Groups, 2.45pm (Sky Sports Golf and Main Event), Main coverage, 7pm (Sky Sports Golf)
Friday: Featured Groups, 4.15pm (Sky Sports Golf), Main coverage, 7pm (Sky Sports Golf)
Saturday: 6pm (Sky Sports Golf), 8pm (Sky Sports Main Event)
Sunday: 6pm (Sky Sports Golf), 7.30pm (Sky Sports Main Event)
Genesis Invitational betting tips: Who to back each-way
Tony Finau (28/1 with bet365) seems to be the man everyone is pulling for on the PGA Tour at the moment as this song demonstrates. And I’m hoping that fired up by his near-miss in Phoenix the American can go close again.
Finau looked to be cruising to victory on the back nine at the Phoenix Open before Webb Simpson reeled him in with a pair of closing birdies before beating him in a play-off.
He will have taken the many positives from the situation in terms of the fact that in no way did he lose the tournament, Simpson won it.
Finau now has three top 10s in his last four starts and Riviera is a course where he has produced some good stuff in the past two seasons. He finished runner-up in 2018 and finished in a tie for 15th last year.
Marc Leishman (40/1) is an interesting selection this week at a handsome price. He’s coming into the Genesis on the back of a highly impressive win at the Farmers Insurance Open and has taken a few weeks off since then.
His form at this event is a bit patchy but his current consistent game could serve him well. He’s finished in the top five twice in the last four years including a tied 4th last season.
The Australian is currently third in the Strokes Gained Approach statistics for the season and this should serve him well here.