2022 Genesis Invitational Buys & Picks: Players to Watch Include Justin Thomas, Patrick Cantlay, Talor Gooch

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  • The Genesis Invitational kicks off on Thursday, and there are three players to watch ahead of the first tee time.
  • Justin Thomas, Patrick Cantlay and Talor Gooch are among the players to keep an eye on.
  • Check out Chris Murphy's full Genesis Invitational breakdown below.
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Jon Rahm+1000
Patrick Cantlay+1100
Justin Thomas+1500
Dustin Johnson+1600
Rory McIlroy+2000
Cameron Smith+2200
Collin Morikawa+2200
Hideki Matsuyama+2200
Viktor Hovland+2200
Xander Schauffele+2200
Scottie Scheffler+2800
Will Zalatoris+2800
Bubba Watson+3300
Matthew Fitzpatrick+3300
Brooks Koepka+3500
Sam Burns+3500
Adam Scott+4000
Jordan Spieth+4000
Im Sung-jae+5000
Marc Leishman+5000
Max Homa+5000
Talor Gooch+5000
Tony Finau+5000
Joaquin Niemann+6000
Seamus Power+6000
Luke List+6600
Si Woo Kim+6600
Paul Casey+7000
Russell Henley+7000
Sergio Garcia+7000
Jason Kokrak+8000
Kevin Na+8000
Maverick McNealy+8000
Thomas Pieters+8000
Abraham Ancer+9000
Alexander Noren+9000
Patrick Reed+9000
Cameron Tringale+10000
Christiaan Bezuidenhout+10000
Corey Conners+10000
Erik Van Rooyen+10000
Harold Varner III+10000
Lanto Griffin+10000
Mackenzie Hughes+10000
Tom Hoge+10000
Adam Hadwin+12500
Jhonattan Vegas+12500
Robert MacIntyre+12500
Sahith Theegala+12500
Aaron Wise+15000
Carlos Ortiz+15000
Francesco Molinari+15000
Keegan Bradley+15000
Kyoung-Hoon Lee+15000
Martin Laird+15000
Matt Jones+15000
Matt Kuchar+15000
Patton Kizzire+15000
Ryan Palmer+15000
Taylor Moore+15000
Troy Merritt+15000
Aaron Rai+17500
Andrew D. Putnam+17500
Joel Dahmen+17500
Russell Knox+17500
Branden Grace+20000
Cameron Davis+20000
Cameron Young+20000
Charley Hoffman+20000
Doug Ghim+20000
Min Woo Lee+20000
Mito Guillermo Pereira+20000
Pat Perez+20000
Rickie Fowler+20000
Sebastian Munoz+20000
Taylor Pendrith+20000
Cameron Champ+25000
James Hahn+25000
Lee Hodges+25000
Patrick Rodgers+25000
Wyndham Clark+25000
Beau Hossler+30000
Charl Schwartzel+30000
Chez Reavie+30000
J. J. Spaun+30000
JT Poston+30000
Matt Wallace+30000
Matthew NeSmith+30000
Scott Stallings+30000
Vincent Whaley+30000
Brendan Steele+35000
Dylan Frittelli+35000
Emiliano Grillo+35000
Andrew Landry+40000
Doc Redman+40000
Harry Higgs+40000
Robert Streb+40000
Sepp Straka+40000
Adam Long+50000
Adam Schenk+50000
Cheng-Tsung Pan+50000
Danny Lee+50000
David Lipsky+50000
Henrik Norlander+50000
Kramer Hickok+50000
Kyle Stanley+50000
Michael Brennan+50000
Peter Malnati+50000
Sam Ryder+50000
Scott Piercy+50000
Anirban Lahiri+60000
Brian Stuard+60000
Hank Lebioda+60000
Jaekyeong Lee+75000
Kevin Tway+75000
Roger Sloan+75000
Aaron Beverly+100000
Brandon Hagy+100000
Chesson Hadley+100000
Nick Watney+100000

Sunday at the Waste Management Phoenix Open was high drama as predicted — both from the contenders and in the stadium at the par-3 16th.

There was another hole-in-one (this time by Carlos Ortiz), shirts that came off on the green by Harry Higgs and Joel Dahmen, and a real tournament that played out well into the start of the Super Bowl.

Scottie Scheffler ultimately outlasted Patrick Cantlay in a three-hole playoff, as the two U.S. Ryder Cup teammates dueled down the final stretch of holes at TPC Scottsdale.

Scheffler dropped a birdie putt of over twenty-five feet in their third time through the 18th hole in a playoff. It ended as the maiden TOUR victory for the former Texas Longhorn, and marks him off of the list of best players yet to win.

The TOUR will head back to California this week for its final stop of the West Coast Swing, as it makes the unusual transition from the biggest party in golf to Hollywood.

The field will be even stronger for the Genesis Invitational, as all of the top-10 players in the world are coming out for Tiger's event, giving it a major like atmosphere at Riviera Country Club.

We'll have plenty of options to choose from as we look to narrow down our choices leading into the Genesis. But it may be the odds that drive the bus in creating a card in this age of golf, with so many elite players vying for wins each week.

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Early Buys

Patrick Cantlay

No one was quite sure what to expect from Cantlay in his first trip to Phoenix for the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

He was coming in with a couple of top-five finishes, but it was clear he didn't have his best stuff, and there were questions how — or if — the atmosphere may effect him. He clearly was unfazed by it all, as he continued to show why he is now a top-five player in the world and the 2021 Player of the Year.

Cantlay walked away with a solo second finish after losing in the playoff, but it is impossible to ignore what he did on Sunday as he heads back near where he played college golf.

He gained more than three shots on the field on approach in the final round, which was really the one thing missing throughout his opening three rounds.

Unfortunately, he lost the touch of the hot putter he had earlier in the week, and that in the end was the difference between winning and falling short.

I expect he will pick up where he left off at Riviera, a place he has four straight top-20 finishes, including a T4 in 2018. He is the exact type of complete player in every aspect of his game that I want to back leading into the Genesis.

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Justin Thomas

It was a lackluster Friday at the WM Phoenix Open that really held Thomas back from being a contender to win the event. He still managed to climb his way from outside of the top 20 (to start final round) all the way up to an eventual T8 finish.

Thomas was the second-best player in the field in strokes gained tee to green this week, showing that his game is in good form as he heads to Riviera.

He had his typically sharp iron play this week. He also was second in the field in that metric, which has me ready to buy in on JT if the odds are right on Monday.

He's had some up-and-down results, including back-to-back missed cuts following consecutive top-10s.

That may be enough to get us a decent number in this elite field.

Talor Gooch

Despite his final round on Sunday in Phoenix, there are few players posting better results on TOUR right now than Talor Gooch. He has taken a step up in his career and has put himself in the conversation with some of the top golfers.

There is no denying that Gooch was simply terrible in the final round on Sunday, but I try not to let 18 holes change my perception of a player week-to-week.

He was still in the penultimate group with a chance to win through 54 holes, and posted just one rare bad round.

He has always shown a propensity to flash on the West Coast, and has done that in his trip to Riviera, with three top-20s and consecutive top-12 finishes. This event last year was where he started to kick his 12-month run of great golf into gear.

I'll be looking for a good number to buy on him heading into this week's tournament just outside of Los Angeles.

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