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2022 Genesis Invitational Odds, First-Round Leader Picks: Betting Value on Dustin Johnson & Patrick Cantlay

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  • The 2022 Genesis Invitational kicks off on Thursday, but who will take the early lead?
  • Amanda Rose sees betting value on a number of golfers in the field, including Dustin Johnson and Patrick Cantlay.
  • Check out Rose's full first-round leader breakdown below.
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Golfer Odds
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

The PGA TOUR leaves behind the beer-can throwing fans of Scottsdale as it embarks on another year at prim-and-proper Riviera Country Club for the Genesis Invitational.

The event is one of five “invitational” tournaments on the PGA TOUR, so it’s not surprise that all of the world’s top-10 players will tee it up this week. This is one of those events where I look for the most elite players to thrive.

Last year, we saw Sam Burns get off to a hot start on Thursday, posting a 7-under 64 to lead by two over eventual winner Max Homa and Matt Fitzpatrick (who went on to finish T-5). It wasn’t until later in the season that we saw just how talented the LSU Tiger really is.

We know low scores are out there on Thursday, even at a course as pure as Riviera. Look for both bombers and ball strikers to do well this week when making your picks. With that, here are my favorite First Round Leader bets for the Genesis Invitational.

Patrick Cantlay +2000

I’m actually a bit shocked the World No. 3 didn’t win in the playoff last week against Scottie Scheffler.

Not because I don’t think Scheffler if one of the best golfers in the world, but rather I thought Cantlay was in control. Also, Scheffler’s lip-out on 18 didn’t give me much confidence going into the playoff.

Nonetheless, I think this will be a good week for Cantlay. He finished fourth here back in 2018 and is a pretty good ball striker, to say the least. Cantlay hasn’t finished outside of the top 10 in an event since the Northern Trust … when he finished 11th. In that span, he has two wins and a runner-up.

He’s gotten off to a good start here in the past, shooting 66 in 2018 and 67 last year on Thursday.

Bet Cantlay FRL at PointsBet and get $250 FREE.

Dustin Johnson +2500

This is a guy who has played a lot of golf at Riviera and played that golf quite well. In 12 appearances: DJ has a win, two runners-up, three additional top-five finishes and three additional top-10.

Johnson’s ball striking in combination with his explosive distance make him a serious threat at Riviera. When he finished T8 last year, he gained 7.4 strokes total. That same week, he also averaged 7.5 Strokes Gained: Tee to Green.

Bet DJ FRL at BetMGM and get a risk-free bet up to $1,000.

Matt Fitzpatrick +4000

One of my favorite bets this time of year is the Englishman who finished in a tie for fifth last year at this event. He opened with a stellar 66 to tie for second after the first round with eventual winner Homa.

Fitz had a good showing at last week at the WMPO, where a Sunday charge saw him finish in a tie for 10th. The week before, he finished T6 at Pebble Beach.

He’s averaging more than 10 strokes gained on the field in his first starts of the season, and I think the Fitz was only getting warmed up the last two weeks.

Bet Fitzpatrick FRL at Caesars and get a $5,000 risk-free first bet.

Jason Kokrak  +6000

Kokrak leads this week’s field in Strokes Gained: Total on Thursday at Riviera over the last eight years. In that time, he averages 68.9 strokes during the first round.

He’s been a very consistent player on Thursday, as well as throughout the week in the past. Kokrak’s best finish at Riviera is a T2 in 2016.

Bet Kokrak FRL and get $500 in bet credits. NJ only.

Wyndham Clark +13000

In his two appearances at The Genesis Invitational, the Colorado native shot 67 on Thursday in 2020 and 2021. Clark went on to finish T17 in that first year, and T8 the following.

Like Johnson, who also finished T-8 in 2021, Clark gained 7.4 strokes on the field that week. His ball striking has been a bit shaky as of late, but we saw glimpses of those fine numbers earlier this season at the Amex and Pebble Beach.

Clark is a worthy top-20 bet as well, where you will find some very good odds.

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