2021 Genesis Invitational Expert Analysis - PGA Betting

2021 Genesis Invitational Expert Analysis – PGA Betting

Written by on February 17, 2021

Okay MyBookie golf betting faithful, with the 2021 PGA Tour heading to Riviera Country Club as it finishes up its annual California swing, it’s time to find out which five golfers look like they’re offering the best chance to hoist the hardware this coming weekend. Let’s jump right into action so you can make your bets and cash in against their Golf odds.

PGA Tour 2021 Genesis Invitational Betting Preview

Play at the 2021 Genesis Invitational gets underway on Thursday, Feb. 18. This year’s event features an absolutely loaded field of top stars. World No. 1 Dustin Johnson stands alone as the prohibitive favorite at +600.  World No. 2 Jon Rahm and world No. 7 Rory McIlroy are next as identical +100 picks. World No. 3 Justin Thomas, world No. 4  Xander Schauffele and world No. 10 Bryson DeChambeau are next in line as identical +1200 picks to win.

2021 PGA Tour Genesis Invitational

  • When: Feb. 18-21
  • Where: Riviera Country Club — Pacific Palisades, California

Past Winners

  • 2020 – Adam Scott
  • 2019 J.B. Holmes
  • 2018 Bubba Watson
  • 2017 Dustin Johnson
  • 2016 Bubba Watson
  • 2015 James Hahn

World No. 22 Adam Scott is the reigning champ after claiming his second victory in this event last year.  A 14-time PGA Tour champion, Scott beat out Matt Kuchar, Scott Brown and Kang Sung-hoon all by two strokes to get the win a whopping 15 years after winning his first Genesis Invitational in 2005. Three-time winner Bubba Watson (2014, 2016, 2018) is in the field and Johnson won this event in 2017.

Now, let’s get to my top five golfers to win this weekend.

Odds to win 2021 Genesis Invitational

  • Dustin Johnson+600
  • Rory McIlroy +1100
  • Jon Rahm +1100
  • Justin Thomas +1200
  • Xander Schauffele +1200
  • Bryson DeChambeau +1200
  • Patrick Cantlay +1400
  • Brooks Koepka +2200
  • Tony Finau +2200
  • Collin Morikawa +2400
  • Viktor Hovland +2600
  • Adam Scott +2800
  • Jordan Spieth +3000
  • Joaquin Niemann +3200
  • Hideki Matsuyama +3300
  • Bubba Watson +3500
  • Scottie Scheffler +4500
  • Marc Leishman +5000
  • Max Homa +5000
  • Sergio Garcia +6000
  • Will Zalatoris +6000
  • Abraham Ancer +8000

No. 5 Bubba Watson

I know the now, 42-year-old Watson hasn’t recorded a win on the PGA Tour since 2018 when he won three times, but one of those victories that year came in this event. In six events this season, Watson has recorded three Top 25 finishes and a pair of Top 10 finishes. In his last three outings, Watson finished T5 in the QBE Shootout and T22 at the Phoenix Open two weeks ago. Not only is Watson is a three-time winner of this event, but he ranks an encouraging 23rd in driving distance (307.5), 60th in scoring average (70.6) and an impressive 12th in eagles (79.2). Watson is my long shot pick to get the win.

No. 4 Dustin Johnson

In four events this season, the world No. 1 has four Top 25 finishes, three Top 10 finishes one T2 finish and a commanding victory in last year’s Masters. The 36-year-old American ranks eighth in driving distance (314.4), fourth in greens in regulation (76.0%), 27th in eagles, 28th in birdie average (4.50) and first in scoring average (68.2). Johnson finished T11 in his last event at the Phoenix Open in mid January and his lack of recent activity is the only reason he’s my No. 4 pick to win this event.

No. 3 Brooks Koepka

12th in the official golf world rankings, the 30-year-old Koepka comes into this event fresh off a confidence-boosting win in the Phoenix Open, following three consecutive missed cuts. In seen events this season, Koepka has three Top 10 finishes. The three-time major winner ranks 21st in driving distance (308.5), 12th in eagles (79.2), 19th in scoring average (70.0) and fourth in sand save percentage (70.8%). Basically, Koepka is just too good to not contend. Plus, he’s hungry and focused after recently getting past some real struggles.

No. 2 Viktor Hovland

14th in the official golf world rankings, Viktor Hovland looks like  great pick to win this event. The 23-year-old native of Norway  ranks an impressive eighth in greens in regulation, 14th in birdie average (4.64) 13th in scoring average (69.8) and third in sand save percentage (72.0%). In seven events this season, Hovland has recorded five Top 25 finishes, two Top 10 finishes and one win. In his last three events alone, Hovland won the Mayakoba Classic in December before finishing T2 in the Farmers Insurance Open three weeks ago. Despite all of the big names in the field, I’ve got Hovland as my No. 2 pick to win.

No. 1 Joaquin Niemann

28th in the official golf world rankings, 22-year-old Chilean Joaquin Niemann looks fantastic coming into this event. In eight events this season, Niemann has recorded a stunning seven top 27 finishes and three top 10 finishes. More importantly, Niemann has finished 2 and T2 in his last two outings at the Sentry Tournament of Champions and Sony Hawaii Open last month. Niemann ranks 13th in driving distance (312.0), 12th in greens in regulation, a stellar second in birdie average (5.09) and fifth in scoring average (69.3). I won’t be surprised to see Niemann end up hoisting the hardware at the 2021 Genesis Open and neither should you!


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