2022 Genesis Invitational Field Features Star Power Not Seen Since 2007 Wells Fargo
Mark Runnacles/Getty Images. Pictured: Jon Rahm and Justin Thomas.
If the 2022 Genesis Invitational has some major-championship vibes this week, it’s because the field is strong enough to look like one.
Each of the top 11 players in the world are in the tournament, hosted by Tiger Woods, at Riviera Golf Course in California.
How rare is that for a non-major or World Golf Championship event?
According to Justin Ray, this will be the first non-major, non-WGC tournament, PLAYERS or Playoff event with each of the top-10 players in the Official World Golf Rankings in the field since the 2007 Wells Fargo.
In other words, it’s a major field for a regular PGA TOUR tournament.
In the midst of Tiger’s prime, the 2007 Wells Fargo was one of his seven (!) wins that season in 16 starts. That was during a stretch when Woods was often right around even money to win when he entered tournaments.
In comparison, Jon Rahm is the consensus betting favorite this week with odds around +900 or +1000 odds.
In total, Woods won and two others in the top 10 of the rankings finished in the top 10 at the event.
How Top-10 Golfers Finished at 2007 Wells Fargo
|No. 1 Tiger Woods||Win|
|No. 2 Jim Furyk||MC|
|No. 3 Phil Mickelson||T-3|
|No. 4 Adam Scott||T-24|
|No. 5 Ernie Els||T-34|
|No. 6 Henrik Stenson||T-69|
|No. 7 Vijay Singh||T-7|
|No. 8 Geoff Ogilvy||T-24|
|No. 9 Retief Goosen||T-43|
|No. 10 Luke Donald||MC|
Phil Mickelson and Vijay Singh were close and only two players missed the cut — Jim Furyk and Luke Donald.
Here is how the top-ranked players in this week’s field look on the oddsboard.
2022 Genesis Invitational Odds for Top-11 Ranked Players
*Odds via BetMGM
|No. 1 Jon Rahm||+900|
|No. 2 Collin Morikawa||+1800|
|No. 3 Patrick Cantlay||+1100|
|No. 4 Viktor Hovland||+2500|
|No. 5 Rory McIlroy||+2000|
|No. 6 Dustin Johnson||+1600|
|No. 7 Xander Schauffele||+2000|
|No. 8 Justin Thomas||+1600|
|No. 9 Scottie Scheffler||+2800|
|No. 10 Hideki Matsuyama||+2200|
|No. 11 Cameron Smith||+2000|