2022 Genesis Invitational Buys & Picks: Players to Watch Include Justin Thomas, Patrick Cantlay, Talor Gooch
Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images. Pictured: Patrick Cantlay
- 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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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.
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.
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.
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.