Genesis Invitational 2021: Course and current form guides for Riviera Country Club

Riviera first staged a top tier professional tournament as long ago as 1929
Riviera is a 95-year-old course which demands accuracy from tee-to-green

Andy Swales supplies the words and stats as the West Coast Swing comes to an end in Los Angeles this Sunday...

"Over the past few seasons, tournament winners at Riviera have tended to register positions close to the top of the Greens in Regulation chart. Defending champion Adam Scott topped the standings last year, as did Dustin Johnson when he held aloft the trophy in 2017."

One more week in California, as the PGA Tour leaves the rugged coastline of Pebble Beach and heads 300 miles south to the outskirts of Los Angeles.

The Genesis Invitational at Riviera will bring down the curtain on the Tour's western adventure, before the pros travel to Florida to contest four straight tournaments in the Sunshine State.

This will be the 58th time, since 1929, that Riviera will have hosted an official PGA Tour event.

This week's Genesis Invitational started life as the Los Angeles Open 95 years ago, making it one of the longest running events on the calendar.

And 12 months ago the Tour decided to change the status of the tournament to 'invitational,' thus raising its level of prestige.

Once again, this week's field will consist of 120 players, most of them selected via 'highly prestigious' categories.

On the tee

Eight of the world's top-10 are taking part, as well as 14 of the leading 20.

Dustin Johnson, who decided to opt out of Pebble Beach at the last minute, will tee-up fully refreshed in LA.

He hasn't missed an instalment since making his Riviera debut in 2008, and has posted six top-four finishes - which include a victory.

Los Angeles born and bred Patrick Cantlay arrives in home territory on the back of two podium finishes already in California this calendar year. He is also leading the FedEx Cup standings.

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Bryson DeChambeau has improved with each subsequent visit to the course and, if you're looking for someone outside the top group to cause a stir this week, then Kevin Na and James Hahn may be worth looking at.

Hahn is a former champion here, while Na has twice stood on the podium.

Although Hahn is the current world No 181, he was outside the top 900 in January of last year but has fought his way back up the Ranking with some strong performances during autumn. He was also 10th at Scottsdale recently.

Meanwhile, the 37-year-old Na was a winner in Honolulu earlier this year.

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Over the past few seasons, tournament winners at Riviera have tended to register positions close to the top of the Greens in Regulation chart.

Defending champion Adam Scott topped the standings last year, as did Dustin Johnson when he held aloft the trophy in 2017.

JB Holmes, winner two years ago, was second in GiR, while Jason Kokrak - runner-up in 2016 - headed this category.

And when Thomas Pieters finished runner-up behind DJ, he was also second for GiR. The 2018 champion Bubba Watson was seventh. More than simply coincidence?

Course history

Located around two miles from the coast, and 18 miles west of downtown LA, Riviera will be the first parkland venue that many PGA Tour pros will have sampled this calendar year.

Opened in 1926, Riviera has staged three majors during its life - the US Open of 1948, plus two PGA Championships (1983 & 1995).

It is also set to host the men's and women's golf events at the 2028 Olympic Games.

Originally called Los Angeles Athletic Club, Riviera is laid out in the shadows of the Santa Monica Mountains, and a short distance from Sunset Boulevard.

With tree-lined fairways and a handful of subtle dog-legs, Riviera demands solid ball-striking and accurate iron play.

Water is a rare commodity and right-handed golfers, who have the ability to fade the ball with precision, have a huge advantage. It's also good for lefties who can hit a controlled draw.

There are many gentle changes in direction, meaning good course management is an important ingredient for success.

In 2008, architect Tom Fazio made changes to a number of holes while also adding yardage.

The greens are slightly smaller than the average putting surfaces on the PGA Tour and combine creeping Bent grass with Poa annua. Fairways are laid with Kikuyu grass.

Stats check

Probably the most striking statistic is that Riviera has a low ranking (%) in both the Driving Accuracy and Greens in Regulation tables.

Of the venues which staged at least four PGA Tour events between January 1st, 2016 and December 31st, 2020, Riviera ended up inside the bottom six for both categories - 26 out of 29 for Driving Accuracy and 27th in Greens in Regulation.

The only other course to register a position inside the bottom six of DA and GiR was TPC Southwind (24th for both categories).

Course Comparisons (2016-20)


Driving Accuracy (%)
73.88: Sea Island (RSM Classic) (1/29)
54.79: Riviera (Genesis) (26/29)
52.24: Torrey Pines (Farmers Insurance) (29/29)

Greens in Regulation (%)
75.98: Sedgefield (Wyndham) (1/29)
60.07: Riviera (Genesis) (27/29)
58.99: Innisbrook (Valspar) (29/29)

Putting (GiR)
1.664: PGA West (host) (American Express) (1/29)
1.760: Riviera (Genesis) (19/29)
2.668: Augusta National (Masters) (29/29)

Key: Above stats are for all 29 courses which staged four or more PGA Tour events between January 1st, 2016 and December 31st, 2020. To qualify for a ranking (between 1 & 29), tournaments must have a minimum of 50 players competing over the final two rounds of the event. Averages do not include players who failed to complete at least 54 holes.

Riviera Data (2016-20)
DA: (T10 - 54.88%); (Cat10 - 66.35%)
GiR: (T10 - 64.41%); (Cat10 - 69.44%)
Putts: (T10 - 1.699); (Cat10 - 1.635)
Key: T10 (Average for Top-10 finishers); Cat10 (Average for Top-10 in Category)

Twitter: Andy Swales@GolfStatsAlive

MC* - Missed Additional 54-Hole Cut

Note: List Contains Leading Reserves

Last 10 Weeks / Riviera Form (2011-20)

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W7 W6 W5 W4 W3 W2 W1 W52 W51 W50
Dustin Johnson 1 11
Jon Rahm 13 7 7
Justin Thomas 13 MC 3
Xander Schauffele 2 2 5
Rory McIlroy 13 16 3
Collin Morikawa 68 7 7 10
Patrick Cantlay 3 2 13
Bryson DeChambeau 18 7
Brooks Koepka 1 MC MC
Viktor Hovland 6 2 31 3
Daniel Berger 1 MC 7 10
Tony Finau 2 2 4 31
Matthew Wolff 36 Wd 40
Matthew Fitzpatrick 17 MC 1
Adam Scott 10 41 21
Hideki Matsuyama 42 53 19 41
Kevin Na 21 MC 1 38
Abraham Ancer 53 5 MC 17
Joaquin Niemann 2 2
Cameron Smith MC 62 24
Jason Kokrak 41 29 56 35
Marc Leishman 18 4 24
Scottie Scheffler 7 MC MC 13
Sergio Garcia 12 6 47 11
Gary Woodland MC 48 16
Matt Kuchar 42 MC
Carlos Ortiz 4 29 14 37
Brendon Todd 22 41 13
Will Zalatoris 55 17 7
Bubba Watson 22 MC
Si Woo Kim MC 50 MC 1 25
Mackenzie Hughes MC 19 41
Lanto Griffin 7 MC 41 13
Russell Henley 30 MC 11
Corey Conners 17 37
Kevin Streelman 13 22 37 MC
Sebastian Munoz MC 65 17
Adam Long MC MC 69
Jordan Spieth 3 4 MC
Rickie Fowler MC MC 53 21
Dylan Frittelli MC 53
JT Poston 11 18 MC MC
Chez Reavie 16 MC MC 67
Joel Dahmen 60 MC MC MC
Cameron Champ MC MC MC 31
Brendan Steele 34 30 21 4
Adam Hadwin 50 18 32
Martin Laird MC MC 47 17
Brian Harman 39 36 8 56
Talor Gooch MC 48 21 MC
Michael Thompson 34 MC 5 25 21
Cameron Tringale 7 17 18 56
Max Homa 7 42 18 21
Henrik Norlander 26 22 2 12 MC
Matt Jones 34 30 48 21 11
Jim Herman MC MC 32
Alexander Noren MC 37 40
Francesco Molinari 59 10 8
Sung Kang 63 MC MC MC
Robert Streb MC MC 67 38
Brandt Snedeker MC 32 MC MC
Nate Lashley 5 17 MC MC
Doc Redman MC MC 70
Andrew Landry MC 64 MC 38
Tom Hoge 12 MC MC MC MC
Maverick McNealy 2 MC 71
Harry Higgs MC MC 65 32
Harold Varner MC 13 MC
Lucas Glover 58 42 MC
Nick Taylor 39 MC 47 11 29
Charles Howell MC MC 19
Stewart Cink MC 58 19 31
Richy Werenski 22 60 21 MC 24
Cameron Davis 14 32 3 31
Kyoung-Hoon Lee 2 MC 32 19
Keegan Bradley 22 MC MC
Peter Malnati MC 10 MC 14
Sepp Straka MC 32 MC 25
Branden Grace 34 MC 8
Sam Burns 39 22 18 MC
Wyndham Clark 36 32 54
Mark Hubbard 55 30 MC 32
Charley Hoffman 7 MC Wd Wd 14
Emiliano Grillo 22 MC 37 47
Luke List 30 10 21 MC
Matthew NeSmith 16 7 48 MC MC
Scott Piercy 50 MC MC
Tyler Duncan MC MC MC 56
Danny Lee MC 65 MC MC
Robby Shelton 53 16 MC 25
CT Pan 65 MC MC MC
Troy Merritt 16 MC 72 MC 56
Andrew Putnam 55 7 21 MC
James Hahn MC 10 MC 32 41
Austin Cook MC MC 32 47
Vaughn Taylor 21 MC 60 25
Brian Gay 34 MC MC 72 29
Brian Stuard 16 58 MC 47 47
Charl Schwartzel MC 18 54
Denny McCarthy MC MC 73 MC
Xin Jun Zhang MC 65 60 MC MC
Kyle Stanley 39 36 18 32 MC
Ryan Armour 47 MC 16 32
Pat Perez 26 MC 69 MC 32
Russell Knox 7 53 MC 16 MC
Patrick Rodgers MC MC MC MC
Jim Furyk 21 47
Padraig Harrington MC 6 62
Bo Hoag MC 36 18 16 MC
JB Holmes MC MC MC
Doug Ghim 21 37 5 MC
Tae Hoon Kim
Tyler McCumber MC 75 40 MC
Kramer Hickok MC MC 21 19
Scott Harrington 66 MC MC MC
Camilo Villegas MC Wd MC
Jimmy Walker MC MC MC 60 MC
Wesley Bryan 32
Andy Ogletree MC MC
John Augenstein MC MC
Anirban Lahiri MC MC 62
Kristoffer Ventura MC MC MC
Michael Gligic MC MC MC MC
Cameron Percy 21 48 MC
David Hearn MC MC 64 MC
Chesson Hadley MC MC MC
Scott Stallings 30 36 MC MC
Chase Seiffert MC 60 12 MC
Tyler Strafaci MC
Willie Mack MC
Player `20 `19 `18 `17 `16 `15 `14 `13 `12 `11
Dustin Johnson 10 9 16 1 4 2 2 MC 4 MC
Jon Rahm 17 9
Justin Thomas MC 2 9 39 54 41
Xander Schauffele 23 15 9
Rory McIlroy 5 4 20 20
Collin Morikawa 26
Patrick Cantlay 17 15 4 MC MC
Bryson DeChambeau 5 15 41 Wd
Brooks Koepka 43 MC
Viktor Hovland
Daniel Berger MC MC
Tony Finau 51 15 2 MC MC 56
Matthew Wolff MC
Matthew Fitzpatrick 30
Adam Scott 1 7 53 11 2 10 17
Hideki Matsuyama 5 9 MC 11 4 23
Kevin Na MC 33 2 4 MC 61 MC MC 76 3
Abraham Ancer 43 44 68
Joaquin Niemann MC 44
Cameron Smith MC 49 6 28 63
Jason Kokrak MC 37 20 22 2 41 MC MC* 34
Marc Leishman 43 4 MC MC 5 MC 59 61 17 MC
Scottie Scheffler 30 MC
Sergio Garcia 37 37 49 MC 4 13 4
Gary Woodland 26 MC MC 69
Matt Kuchar 2 28 26 22 8 MC 38 24 35
Carlos Ortiz 26 9 26 20
Brendon Todd 56 MC 14 35 MC
Will Zalatoris MC
Bubba Watson MC 15 1 Wd 1 14 1 MC 13 Wd
Si Woo Kim 37 3 MC MC MC
Mackenzie Hughes MC MC
Lanto Griffin 37
Russell Henley 17 44 61 MC MC
Corey Conners MC
Kevin Streelman MC 41 MC MC 35 27 56 MC
Sebastian Munoz 26
Adam Long MC MC
Jordan Spieth 59 51 9 22 MC 4 12 MC
Rickie Fowler MC 62 35
Dylan Frittelli MC 28
JT Poston 30 28 17
Chez Reavie 10 MC 73 MC 7 MC MC
Joel Dahmen 5 MC MC
Cameron Champ MC MC MC
Brendan Steele MC 49 39 39 14 10 46 69 MC
Adam Hadwin 26 75 6 34 16 22
Martin Laird 43 MC 9 8 11 65 MC MC 25
Brian Harman 47 51 MC 72 MC 3 51
Talor Gooch 10 20
Michael Thompson MC 7 MC MC 17
Cameron Tringale 30 MC 8 68 47 12 21 24 21
Max Homa 5 37 MC MC
Henrik Norlander
Matt Jones MC MC 14 59 70
Jim Herman MC Wd MC MC
Alexander Noren 59 16
Francesco Molinari MC MC MC 52 MC 40
Sung Kang 2 64 16 22 8 72
Robert Streb MC MC MC MC MC MC
Brandt Snedeker MC 74 17 MC
Nate Lashley MC
Doc Redman
Andrew Landry 37 MC MC
Tom Hoge MC 53 39
Maverick McNealy
Harry Higgs
Harold Varner 13 MC 60 MC 26 70
Lucas Glover MC MC MC MC MC 51
Nick Taylor MC 33 41 55 26 MC
Charles Howell 59 6 37 15 75 61 MC MC MC 66
Stewart Cink 28 45 MC 27 67 29
Richy Werenski
Cameron Davis MC
Kyoung-Hoon Lee 13 25
Keegan Bradley MC 51 MC 34 MC 4 20 16 2 MC
Peter Malnati MC 44 MC 64 MC
Sepp Straka MC
Branden Grace MC MC 37 22
Sam Burns 23 MC
Wyndham Clark 17
Mark Hubbard 69 54
Charley Hoffman MC MC 41 4 63 30 12 68 MC 55
Emiliano Grillo MC
Luke List 30 15 26 MC 20
Matthew NeSmith
Scott Piercy 17 MC MC 77 61 MC 45
Tyler Duncan 64 MC MC
Danny Lee MC MC MC MC MC 69 MC
Robby Shelton
CT Pan MC 44 MC
Troy Merritt MC 41 MC 11 MC 76
Andrew Putnam MC MC 49
James Hahn 13 14 28 MC 1 29 61
Austin Cook 49
Vaughn Taylor 13 9 20 Wd MC 22 59 25
Brian Gay MC 60 MC MC MC
Brian Stuard 23 60 MC 39 39 MC
Charl Schwartzel Wd 68 MC 45 41 5 3
Denny McCarthy 37 MC
Xin Jun Zhang MC
Kyle Stanley 64 MC MC 39 MC 24
Ryan Armour MC MC 64
Pat Perez 47 56 41 28 MC 41 75 51 13 MC
Russell Knox MC MC
Patrick Rodgers 30 15 26 22 MC
Jim Furyk MC 37 MC 39 14 23 13 11 35
Padraig Harrington 64 39 45 56 MC MC 44 55
Bo Hoag
JB Holmes 51 1 60 34 11 22 52 MC 8 12
Doug Ghim
Tae Hoon Kim
Tyler McCumber
Kramer Hickok 64
Scott Harrington 46
Camilo Villegas MC MC 37 30 MC
Jimmy Walker MC 74 MC 11 MC 41 20 16 4 4
Wesley Bryan MC 4
Andy Ogletree
John Augenstein
Anirban Lahiri MC 26 64 39
Kristoffer Ventura
Michael Gligic
Cameron Percy 49
David Hearn MC MC MC MC MC 44
Chesson Hadley MC MC
Scott Stallings MC MC 4 MC 66 45
Chase Seiffert
Tyler Strafaci
Willie Mack

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