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The Genesis Invitational 2024: Course and current form stats

Riviera: Good course management is vital on this parkland layout.
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  • Large greens, penal rough, demands solid ball-striking

  • Morikawa 18/119.00 can claim first win on US soil since 2021

  • In-form Young 33/134.00 ready to pounce at Riviera


Tournament and Course Notes

• Since 1973, Riviera Country Club has been firmly entrenched as one of the most eagerly-awaited stops on the PGA Tour calendar, and has even hosted three major championships - most recently 29 years ago;

• Located around two miles from the coast, and 18 miles west of downtown Los Angeles, Riviera will host the men's and women's golf events at the 2028 Olympic Games;

• Opened in 1926, and originally called Los Angeles Athletic Club, Riviera is laid out in the shadows of the Santa Monica Mountains, and is a short distance from Sunset Boulevard;

• Riviera is one of the most demanding tee-to-green courses on the PGA Tour, with tree-lined fairways and a handful of subtle dog-legs. It demands solid ball-striking and accurate iron play;

• In 2023, the venue's Poa Annua putting surfaces were the joint-fourth largest on the PGA Tour calendar. There is plenty of penal rough, with Riviera earning a reputation for favouring right-handers who 'fade' the ball from left-to right - or left-handers who can 'draw';

• Even though there is not a single water hazard in play, good course management is vital on this parkland layout. The most recent renovation was carried out by Tom Fazio in 2008. Total prize money, this week, will be $20m.

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Good Current Form

Scottie Scheffler 7/18.00 continues to show why he's the current world No 1, with another excellent performance at TPC Scottsdale last week.

His high level of consistency during the last 16 months has been staggering, and his best Riviera finish was tied-seventh in 2022.

Even though it's still early season, he tops the categories Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green, and Greens in Regulation. And he's second in Stroke Gained: Approach the Green. In 2023 he finished top of all three tables.

Two other names to conjure with are Sam Burns 25/126.00 and Cameron Young 33/134.00, who are a little further down the food chain but still capable of springing what would be a 'minor surprise' in LA.

On Sunday, Burns stood on the podium at Phoenix where Young tied-eighth.

Young, who himself was a podium finisher in Dubai last month, was runner-up at Riviera two years ago.

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Good Course Form

Of all the golfers with a strong Riviera history, no one shines brighter than Max Homa 14/115.00.

The 33-year-old was born barely 20 miles from this week's venue and his last four starts here have all yielded top-10s.

These include a victory in 2021 and a runner-up finish 12 months ago. On the downside, Homa is yet to find top gear in 2024.

Among other big name pros to enjoy a selection of T10s at Riviera, read: Patrick Cantlay 20/121.00, Viktor Hovland 12/113.00, Rory McIlroy 8/19.00, Adam Scott 40/141.00 and Justin Thomas 20/121.00.

Scott, a former champ in LA, has started the new year in great shape and could easily come to the fore this week, despite being the current world No 48.

Another one is Collin Morikawa 18/119.00 who has posted finishes of 6th-2nd these past two years.

The two-time Major winner, who was born in Los Angeles, remains one of the most accurate players in world golf and has a perfect game for Riviera.

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Stroke Averages


Lowest 12 At Riviera (2018-23)
Average .... (Rounds)
68.65: Max Homa (20)
68.83: Viktor Hovland (12)
69.08: Will Zalatoris (12)
69.13: Collin Morikawa (16)
69.21: Patrick Cantlay (24)
69.50: Tony Finau (24)
69.63: Xander Schauffele (24)
69.65: Justin Thomas (20)
69.68: Rory McIlroy (22)
69.83: Wyndham Clark (12)
Min. No. of Rounds = 10
Only those entered this week are included in table

Note: List Contains Leading Alternatives


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Last 10 Weeks / Riviera (2014-23)

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W6 W5 W4 W3 W2 W1 W52 W51 W50 W49
Scottie Scheffler 3 6 17 5
Rory McIlroy 66 1 2
Viktor Hovland 58 22
Xander Schauffele 54 9 3 10
Wyndham Clark 41 1 39 29
Patrick Cantlay 11 56 52 12
Max Homa MC 66 13 14
Matt Fitzpatrick 15 58 MC 14
Brian Harman 60 54 70 18 5
Ludvig Aberg 2 9 30 47
Jordan Spieth 6 39 3
Tommy Fleetwood 31 14 1 47
Collin Morikawa 14 MC 5
Keegan Bradley 11 43 2 45
Joo Hyung Kim 17 31 MC 45
Jason Day 6 MC 34 10
Sam Burns 3 10 6 33
Justin Thomas 12 6 3
Sahith Theegala 5 20 64 MC 2
Sepp Straka 26 MC 12
Tony Finau 47 6 25 38
Cameron Young 8 70 3 33
Nick Taylor 1 71 MC 7 52
Chris Kirk 26 47 18 1
Russell Henley 58 4 52
Rickie Fowler MC 47 MC 56
Sung Jae Im 66 66 MC 25 5
Nicolai Hojgaard 31 2 7 25
Lucas Glover 58 MC 29
Kurt Kitayama 8 39 24 29
Emiliano Grillo 22 14 20 7 43
JT Poston MC 20 11 6 5
Eric Cole 49 14 MC 21 13 14
Harris English 17 76 64 10 14
Byeong Hun An 66 31 2 4
Denny McCarthy 22 26 24 43
Corey Conners 28 31 57 33
Si Woo Kim 12 14 25 42 25
Cameron Davis 20 MC 30 52
Adam Scott 8 20 7
Adam Hadwin MC 39 6 MC 14
Will Zalatoris 13 34 MC
Grayson Murray MC 66 MC 1
Adam Schenk 17 47 25 MC 29
Hideki Matsuyama 22 71 13 30 58
Christiaan Bezuidenhout 28 20 MC 2 3
Tom Hoge 17 6 56 17 MC 38
Taylor Moore 39 47 70 25
Andrew Putnam MC 39 47 10 40
Adam Svensson MC 47 MC 30 33
Brendon Todd 22 58 30 33
Beau Hossler 41 14 6 47
Matt Kuchar MC 39 MC MC
Lee Hodges MC 58 MC MC 57
Nick Dunlap 80 1
Mackenzie Hughes 71 64 25
Patrick Rodgers 79 9 24 14
Taylor Pendrith 9 MC 10
Taylor Montgomery 39 39 13 61 13
Ben Griffin 28 58 MC 9 30
Luke List MC 26 50 66 22
Alex Smalley 75 MC 21 MC
Seamus Power 66 31 MC 74 50
Charley Hoffman 2 56 MC 42
Sam Ryder MC 31 MC 62
JJ Spaun MC 54 MC MC
Gary Woodland MC MC MC
Kevin Yu MC 58 6 3 MC
Nate Lashley MC 3 MC MC
Nick Hardy 66 47 37 42 47
Maverick McNealy 6 39 37 MC 57
Tiger Woods
Chase Johnson
Stephan Jaeger 71 3 52 18
Jake Knapp 28 3 MC 70
Keith Mitchell 17 54 MC 9 30
Player `23 `22 `21 `20 `19 `18 `17 `16 `15 `14
Scottie Scheffler 12 7 20 30 MC
Rory McIlroy 29 10 MC 5 4 20 20
Viktor Hovland 20 4 5
Xander Schauffele 33 13 15 23 15 9
Wyndham Clark 33 Dq 8 17
Patrick Cantlay 3 33 15 17 15 4
Max Homa 2 10 1 5 37 MC MC
Matt Fitzpatrick MC 5 30
Brian Harman MC 43 47 51 MC 72 MC 3
Ludvig Aberg
Jordan Spieth MC 26 15 59 51 9 22 MC 4 12
Tommy Fleetwood 20 28 37
Collin Morikawa 6 2 43 26
Keegan Bradley MC 48 60 MC 51 MC 34 MC 4 20
Joo Hyung Kim 45
Jason Day 9 MC 64
Sam Burns MC MC 3 23 MC
Justin Thomas 20 6 MC MC 2 9 39 54 41
Sahith Theegala 6 48 49
Sepp Straka 45 15 43 MC
Tony Finau 20 33 2 51 15 2 MC MC 56
Cameron Young 20 2
Nick Taylor 33 20 MC 33 41 55 26 MC
Chris Kirk MC
Russell Henley MC 33 38 17 44 61 MC
Rickie Fowler 20 55 20 MC
Sung Jae Im 56 33 MC MC
Nicolai Hojgaard
Lucas Glover MC MC MC MC MC MC
Kurt Kitayama MC
Emiliano Grillo 67 21 MC MC
JT Poston MC MC 43 30 28 17
Eric Cole
Harris English 12 MC MC MC 39 30 10
Byeong Hun An 55
Denny McCarthy 14 MC 37 MC
Corey Conners 61 MC MC MC
Si Woo Kim MC 73 MC 37 3 MC MC MC
Cameron Davis MC 48 43 MC
Adam Scott 65 4 38 1 7 53 11 2
Adam Hadwin 66 MC 26 26 75 6 34 16 22
Will Zalatoris 4 26 15 MC
Grayson Murray MC MC
Adam Schenk 50 MC 47 MC 53
Hideki Matsuyama MC 39 MC 5 9 MC 11 4 23
Christiaan Bezuidenhout 58 MC
Tom Hoge 14 MC 52 MC 53 39
Taylor Moore MC 21
Andrew Putnam MC 48 32 MC MC 49
Adam Svensson 9
Brendon Todd MC MC 56 MC 14 35
Beau Hossler MC 48 15 MC
Matt Kuchar 8 67 MC 2 28 26 22 8 MC
Lee Hodges 18 39
Nick Dunlap
Mackenzie Hughes 50 MC 32 MC MC
Patrick Rodgers MC MC 12 30 15 26 22 MC
Taylor Pendrith MC
Taylor Montgomery MC
Ben Griffin
Luke List 29 MC MC 30 15 26 MC 20
Alex Smalley MC 72
Seamus Power 14 MC 64
Charley Hoffman 71 52 MC MC 41 4 63 30 12
Sam Ryder 20 26 MC 56
JJ Spaun 33 MC 63 MC MC MC
Gary Woodland 9 MC 26 MC
Kevin Yu
Nate Lashley 20 57 MC
Nick Hardy MC
Maverick McNealy 7 MC
Tiger Woods 45 68 15 MC
Chase Johnson
Stephan Jaeger 40 70 MC
Jake Knapp
Keith Mitchell 5 MC

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