- Pre-tournament favorite Rory McIlroy in contention to win the 2020 Genesis Invitational
- Plenty of star power lurking in a congested leaderboard including Tiger Woods at even par
- See the updated live odds at Riviera heading into the weekend
One of the crown jewels on the PGA Tour calendar has not disappointed in the first two days with plenty of star power teeing it up, including nine of the top ten players in the world.
Rory McIlroy entered the week as the betting favorite to win in his first tournament as world #1 since 2015, with the second favorite Justin Thomas packing his bags early after missing the cut.
This event is hosted by Tiger Woods, who still has yet to win on this golf course in ten attempts as a professional. He’ll need to make up some serious ground on moving day Saturday to get back into contention after two rounds of even par golf.
Live Genesis Invitational Odds
|Golfer||Position||Score||Odds at Bovada|
|Harold Varner III||T-2nd||-7||+2200|
*Odds taken February 14th
Tiger Woods Stumbles After Hot Start Thursday
Tiger Woods began his quest to finally break through at Riviera Thursday with an electric eagle on the first hole, en route to a 4-under 31 on the front nine which served notice he’d be the man to beat this week.
The first putt @TigerWoods attempted in L.A. this week: 24 feet, 8 inches.
He made it. For eagle. 💛💜 pic.twitter.com/dnlEPtXaci
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) February 13, 2020
He faded on the back nine, however, shooting two over par for a still respectable opening day. Playing early Friday, the 82-time tour winner was not able to take advantage of the conditions, posting a 2-over 73 to drop him down to even par.
Three bogeys on a four hole stretch on his back nine shot him in the foot forcing him to have a blazing start on moving day Saturday to get back into it.
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) February 14, 2020
Last year he did just that on Saturday to ignite the crowd, though it was too much to overcome, resulting in a T-15th finish. Don’t bank on a comeback at a course he’s never tamed despite the super juicy odds.
Rory McIlroy Still the Man to Beat
Incredibly, Rory McIlroy has nine top ten finishes in his last eleven tournaments, racking up a pair of victories, with his worst finish being a T-26th showing. Without question he’s the overwhelming favorite entering the weekend despite trailing by two strokes.
Rory McIlroy returns to World No.1 ☝️ pic.twitter.com/LDCYSysBXg
— The European Tour (@EuropeanTour) February 10, 2020
He’s not slowing down at Riviera either, squarely in the mix to pick up his first Genesis Invitational title. With a win, two third place finishes and a fourth place result in his last four times teeing it up, be very afraid of McIlroy on the weekend. That is, unless you wagered on him Thursday.
Last Six Genesis Invitational Winners
Best Live Value Picks at Genesis Invitational
- Adam Scott (+1100): Shot a blistering 7-under, 64 Friday to shoot up the leaderboard, moving him to 6-under overall. Past champion of this event (rain shortened 2005 tourney), who has twice been a runner-up (2006, 2016) and had a great chance to win last year before a tough Sunday. Won in his last start at Australian PGA Championship.
- Justin Rose (+2800): Two solid rounds of 69 has Rose in the mix, who had a runner-up and fifth place showing before missing his last cut. T-4th in last tournament appearance at Riviera in 2017.
- Chez Reavie (+5000): Shot five-under par in the first two rounds. Strong short game will bode well on the weekend. First in strokes-gained around the green through two days.
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