It is just days away now, the Genesis Open will play out to a crowd of millions watching around the world, and of course, for the select few at the green side. Some of the biggest names in the world will be there with 20 out of the worlds top 30 golfers committed to play. The Pacific Palisades, California backdrop plays host to this legendary contest with tournament host Tiger Woods taking his place among the line up at the Riviera Country Club, so who are’s top players tipped to win?

Tiger Woods

Obviously, the host, the defending TOUR championship winner is hotly tipped to do well here. Currently ranked 12th in PGA Tour he is a well-known name and renowned for a great performance. The last tournament he played was the Hero World Challenge in Albany; New Providence, The Bahamas which took place at the end of November, early December 2018, and was won by Jon Rahm who was gushing about his idol. Citing Woods as inspiration as a young player he could not have been more complimentary as he lifted what is known as the Tiger Trophy due to the amount of time it has been lifted by Woods himself. Whether Woods can triumph here will be revealed in time, but he certainly will be one of the bookie’s favourites.

Dustin Johnson

The 2017 tournament champion Johnson will be hoping to claim victory again this year. Currently ranking 3rd, he holds the fifth-longest streak holding World Number 1 for 64 consecutive weeks. In 2018 he won the Sentry Tournament of Champions which gave him the accolade of being only the third person in the history of the Tour to win a title in each of the first 11 seasons he played. An accolade only held by Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods until that point. He has been on exceptional form and is currently the highest ranking player signed up to Genesis which he will, of course, be hoping gives him an edge as he aims to win. Of course, he has some pretty impressive competition not just in the form of host Woods, but a whole host of greats bringing a wealth of experience.

Bubba Watson

Having snagged the title in 2014, 2016 and, more recently 2018, defending champion Bubba Watson will be looking to retain his streak, however, if the dates are to be believed this won’t be his year, with 2020 looking more favourable. Currently ranking 18th in the PGA world rankings, he will still be a tough opponent to face and will be looking for victory. One of the few lefties on the field this hasn’t stopped him from adding a myriad of titles to his name including winning the Masters in 2012 and 2014, making that a spectacular year for him. He has played well over his last few outings and will be pushing hard to lift the Genesis title again this year rather than watch from the sidelines as it goes to someone else.