THIS WEEK: The Genesis Invitational, Feb. 13-16
Riviera Country Club, Los Angeles, Calif. (Par 71, 7,322 yards)
Purse: $9.3 million (Winner: $1.674)
Defending Champion: J.B. Holmes
FedEx Cup leader: Justin Thomas
TV: Thursday-Friday, 2-6 p.m. ET (Golf Channel); Saturday, 1-2:45 p.m. (Golf Channel), 3-6 p.m. (CBS); Sunday, 1-2:45 p.m. (Golf Channel), 3-6:30 p.m. (CBS).
NOTES: No. 7 Webb Simpson is the only top 10 player not in this week’s field. … This is the lone PGA Tour event in which Tiger Woods has made at least 10 starts without recording a victory. He’s seeking to win a record 83rd career PGA Tour title in his 14th start at Riviera. … Bubba Watson and Dustin Johnson have combined to win four of the past six Genesis Opens. Watson is seeking to join Lloyd Mangrum and MacDonald Smith as the only four-time winners of the event. … Rory McIlroy has regained the No. 1 world ranking for the first time since 2015. … Mickelson and Woods are tied for first place with 14 victories in California since 1983. … The event began in 1926, and Riviera will be the site of the 2028 Olympic golf events. … The field has been trimmed from 144 players to 120 to address issues with lengthy rounds and darkness suspensions. … This is the fourth year Woods has served as tournament host. The event has received elevated status, putting it in equal standing with Jack Nicklaus’ Memorial Tournament and the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Elevated status brought nearly a $2 million purse increase along with a three-year Tour exemption for the winner. Regular Tour events award two-year exemptions.
BEST BETS: McIlroy (+750) is the betting favorite for good reason. The newly-minted world No. 1 finished T3 in his lone start of 2020 at Torrey Pines and has nine top-10 finishes with two wins in his last 11 worldwide starts. … Thomas (+900) was the 54-hole overnight leader before faltering with a 75 in difficult Sunday conditions last year. He has three wins and 12 top-20 finishes in his past 13 starts. … Jon Rahm (+1000) has four wins and six other top-three finishes since a T9 in his Riviera debut last year. … Watson (+2500) won on even years in 2014, 2016 and 2018. More important, he also has a pair of top-10s to begin 2020. … Adam Scott (+3500) won the Australian PGA Championship in his last start and has seven career top-15 finishes at Riviera.
LAST TOURNAMENT: AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am (Nick Taylor)
NEXT WEEK: WGC-Mexico Championship, Mexico City; Puerto Rico Open, Rio Grande, Puerto Rico (both Feb. 20-23)