2023 Genesis Invitational Open Odds, Picks: Target Schauffele, Hovland

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Player NameOdds
Jon Rahm+750
Rory McIlroy+850
Scottie Scheffler+1000
Tony Finau+1600
Justin Thomas+1600
Xander Schauffele+1600
Max Homa+2000
Collin Morikawa+2000
Patrick Cantlay+2200
Viktor Hovland+2800
Cameron Young+3000
Sungjae Im+3000
Jordan Spieth+3500
Sam Burns+3500
Will Zalatoris+4000
Matt Fitzpatrick+4000
Jason Day+4500
Tom Kim+4500
Hideki Matsuyama+5000
Tyrrell Hatton+5000
Keegan Bradley+6000
Rickie Fowler+6000
Adam Scott+6000
Taylor Montgomery+6600
Sahith Theegala+6600
Justin Rose+7500
Russell Henley+8000
Tommy Fleetwood+9000
Alex Noren+9000
Keith Mitchell+9000
Corey Conners+9000
Seamus Power+9000
Brian Harman+9000
Wyndham Clark+9000
Si Woo Kim+10000
Shane Lowry+10000
K.H. Lee+11000
Adam Hadwin+11000
Taylor Moore+12500
Tom Hoge+12500
Patrick Rodgers+12500
Tiger Woods+12500
J.T. Poston+12500
Lucas Herbert+12500
Beau Hossler+15000
Billy Horschel+15000
Kurt Kitayama+15000
Scott Stallings+15000
Thomas Detry+15000
Luke List+15000
Nick Taylor+15000
Denny McCarthy+17500
Alex Smalley+17500
Adrian Meronk+17500
Cam Davis+17500
Gary Woodland+17500
Jhonattan Vegas+17500
Matt Kuchar+20000
J.J. Spaun+20000
Hayden Buckley+20000
Joel Dahmen+20000
Sam Ryder+20000
Stephan Jaeger+25000
Brendon Todd+25000
Andrew Putnam+25000
Christiaan Bezuidenhout+25000
Emiliano Grillo+25000
Dylan Frittelli+30000
Trey Mullinax+30000
Nick Hardy+30000
Harris English+30000
James Hahn+30000
S.H. Kim+30000
Mackenzie Hughes+30000
Sepp Straka+30000
Francesco Molinari+30000
David Lipsky+35000
Callum Tarren+35000
Aaron Rai+35000
Brandon Wu+35000
Davis Thompson+35000
Matthew NeSmith+35000
Justin Suh+35000
Patton Kizzire+40000
Lanto Griffin+40000
Kevin Kisner+40000
Peter Malnati+40000
Martin Laird+40000
Greyson Sigg+40000
Ben Taylor+40000
Russell Knox+40000
Matt Wallace+40000
Cameron Champ+40000
Mark Hubbard+40000
Danny Willett+40000
Stewart Cink+40000
Danny Lee+40000
Justin Lower+40000
Lee Hodges+40000
Adam Svensson+40000
Chez Reavie+50000
Keita Nakajima+50000
Troy Merritt+50000
Kevin Streelman+50000
Nate Lashley+50000
Kevin Tway+50000
Scott Piercy+50000
Adam Schenk+50000
Doug Ghim+60000
Chesson Hadley+60000
Adam Long+60000
Luke Donald+60000
Lucas Glover+60000
Michael Thompson+60000
Yeongsu Kim+70000
Doc Redman+70000
Matthias Schwab+70000
J.B. Holmes+70000
Jack Wall+75000
Ryan Brehm+100000
Nick Watney+100000
Marcus Byrd+100000
Kramer Hickok+100000
Robert Streb+100000
Tyler Duncan+100000
Kelly Kraft+100000
Austin Smotherman+100000
Chad Ramey+100000
Max McGreevy+100000

We have yet to hit our stride with the golf picks, but that's all part of the game when it comes to betting on golf.

This week we turn our attention to The Genesis Invitational, which is the event of Tiger Woods. The host will be in the field this week, which brings even more attention to an already-stacked field.

Add in one of the best courses on the PGA Tour, and we should be in for an absolute treat this week.

Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles is a Par 71 that measures 7,233 yards. It is a classical golf course that features tree-lined fairways and large poa annua greens. The fairways are uneven and tough to hit on average. The rough isn't overly penal, and there are quite a few long holes on the scorecard, which makes distance more of a premium than accuracy. Playing from the fairway is always an advantage, but even the most accurate drivers of the ball will find themselves in the rough often this week.

Despite being large in size, the greens here are difficult to hit on average. This makes scrambling and around the green play very important.

Even when golfers get on the green, it's no easy task getting the ball in the hole. The poa annua greens are extremely tricky, leading to a high three-putt percentage and a lot of missed putts inside of 10 feet. Ultimately, experience on these greens and on poa annua greens in general should come in handy at this event.

Riviera is routinely in the top 10 on tour in terms of difficulty, and there's really nowhere to hide. It will test every aspect of a golfer's game, so targeting those who are solid all-around isn't a bad approach.

Outright Bets

Xander Schauffele (+1600 on BetMGM)

Betting on favorites has been a profitable strategy so far this season, but golf is an extremely volatile sport. Rather than taking short odds with Jon Rahm or Rory McIlroy, I'll go down the board a little and take Schauffele (+1600 at BetMGM) as my first outright.

If you take out the event in which he had to withdraw, he's posted six straight top-15 finishes. His tee-to-green game has been terrific, and he gained 10 strokes ball-striking last week in Phoenix. He should be able to keep it going this week, as he's a perfect 5-for-5 at Riviera with all five of those finishes in the top 25.

Viktor Hovland (+2800 on BetMGM)

I mentioned the importance of around-the-green play this week, and that's easily the biggest weakness for Hovland. However, he lost 1.3 strokes around the green here in 2022 and finished in fourth and he lost 0.6 strokes around the green here in 2021 and finished in fifth.

Even while losing strokes around the green, he's come in the top five in both of his appearances. His recent ball-striking is solid, and he's a better putter than most realize. This is a solid number on one of the game's best ball strikers.

Placement Bets

Si Woo Kim Top 20 (+320 on FanDuel)

It's amazing the transformation that Si Woo has undergone over the last year or so. He went from being one of the most volatile golfers on the PGA Tour to being one of the most consistent. He's showing up and playing well week in and week out.

Even last week in Phoenix, he finished T23 despite struggling there many times in his career. He's gaining strokes in all facets, and he's shown some upside at Riviera in the past (T3 in 2019). With the current state of his game, I like his chances to finish in the top 20 (+320 at FanDuel).

Pick: Si Woo Kim top 20 (+320)

Tommy Fleetwood Top 40 (+130 on FanDuel)

We haven't seen much from Fleetwood this year. He had two middling finishes on the DP World Tour and then missed the cut last week in Phoenix. However, the missed cut was right on the number, and this week is a much better course fit.

He's one of the best on tour around the green and one of the best on tour on difficult golf courses. He's 2-for-2 at this event with two top-40 finishes. Easy enough; let's replicate those performances this week Tommy.

As always, thanks for reading and good luck this week.

Pick: Tommy Fleetwood Top 40 (+130)

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