At this week’s Genesis Invitational, a certain Tiger Woods will make his first start of 2023. As the big cat typically does, he will dominate the news cycle and garner all of the attention
The event is sponsored by Woods’ foundation, and once again the stars are out in force at Riviera to support it. Twenty-three of the top 25 players in the world rankings will be participating in the tournament. Because this is one of the most important tournaments on the PGA Tour, and because Tiger Woods is going to be playing in it, the anticipation is going to be through the roof for the next few days.
Remember that thanks to Scottie Scheffler’s victory at the WM Phoenix Open the week before, we had correctly predicted the winner in three of the previous four weeks, and in the week that we didn’t, we had a 50/1 second place finisher. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that we can keep up the good work this week!
Thomas’ time to deliver
Many have always thought that Justin Thomas and Riviera Country Club were a match made in heaven and for those who shared that view, it’s pretty staggering JT has failed to win here yet. It’s been slightly feast or famine for Thomas, but given he’s finished ninth, second and sixth here, he’s shown that it’s a course that really suits when he’s able to put it all together. As mentioned, he has yet to win here, but he really should have in 2019 but for a disastrous 75 on Sunday which let J.B. Holmes in to win.
That was a loss that would have hurt, but it was the second time he’d been in genuine contention here after he was seen to challenge in 2018. He then went close again last year, eventually finishing in sixth-place. Interestingly, all three of those finishes came after strong showings at the WM Phoenix Open on his previous start. He finished in a tie for 17th in 2018 before finishing in a tie for ninth at Riviera, he was then third in Phoenix before the aforementioned second in 2019 and then last year he was tied for eighth at TPC Scottsdale before a solo sixth at Riviera.
That correlates well with this year as he was a fast finishing fourth last week where he closed with a 64. He was never really a serious challenge to Scottie Scheffler but his Sunday showing would have given him plenty of confidence ahead of his return to Riviera.
This is a tournament where course form really counts, with the majority of the recent winners having been competitive previously and Thomas looks primed for another bold showing at 14/1.
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