Rory favored but Tiger the popular bet for Genesis Invitational

The Genesis Invitational will feature the best field to date in 2020, with nine of the top 10 players in the official world golf rankings teeing it up at Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles, beginning Thursday.

Rory McIlroy
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Newly re-minted No. 1 Rory McIlroy enters as the betting favorite as the Northern Irishman is being offered at +750 by DraftKings, FanDuel and PointsBet. McIlroy has made only one start this calendar year — a tie for third at Torrey Pines, but has nine top-10 finishes and a pair of wins in his past 11 worldwide starts.

FedEx Cup leader Justin Thomas isn’t far behind at +900 at DraftKings and PointsBet, while FanDuel is offering him and Spain’s Jon Rahm at +1000. Rahm has the same odds at the other two sportsbooks as well.

They’re both solid bets. Thomas was the 54-hole leader at Riviera last year before faltering with a 75 in difficult conditions on Sunday. Meanwhile, Rahm has three wins and six other top-three finishes since a T9 in his Riviera debut last year.

Previous Genesis champion Dustin Johnson is the next betting favorite at all three sportsbooks — +1200 at FanDuel and PointsBet and +1300 at DraftKings.

After that, things get a bit more jumbled.

Tiger Woods is the tournament host and is chasing a record 83rd career win on the PGA Tour. He has also never won in 13 previous starts.

That isn’t stopping FanDuel from offering him as the fifth betting favorite at +1600. That’s due in large part to Woods raking in 11 percent of the handle and a field-high 8 percent of the total bets as of Wednesday. Woods is also +1600 at FanDuel and +1800 at PointsBet.

Three-time champion Bubba Watson is being offered at +2500 by DraftKings despite sporting a pair of top-10s to begin 2020. He’s also responsible for 11 percent of the handle and 7 percent of the top bets.

To put it in comparison, McIlroy was responsible for only 4 percent of the handle and 4 percent of the total bets at DraftKings on Wednesday.

FanDuel is even more bullish at +2000 on Watson, who has won the event in each of the past three even-numbered years — 2014, 2016 and 2018 — while PointsBet is offering him at +2200.

With such a star-studded field gathering outside of Hollywood, there are marquee names lingering down the list with intriguing odds:

  • Defending champion J.B. Holmes is being offered at +700 by DraftKings. He held the 54-hole lead at the Phoenix Open two weeks ago and posted a T14 at Pebble Beach last week.
  • Sixth-ranked Patrick Cantlay has seven top-20 finishes in his past nine starts in the United States and was T15 at Riviera last year.
  • Brooks Koepka, who lost the No. 1 ranking on Monday, is +2200 while being responsible for 7 percent of the handle and 6 percent of the bets at DraftKings.
  • Australia’s Adam Scott (+3500) won the Australian PGA Championship in his last start and has seven career top-15 finishes at Riviera. No stranger to lengthy layoffs between seasons, Scott was T7 last year.
  • Fellow former No. 1 Justin Rose of England is +4000 along with Australia’s Marc Leishman, who is coming off a victory at Torrey Pines, and former Masters champion Patrick Reed. Leishman was T4 last year.
  • Resurgent Phil Mickelson is +5000 as he plays for the fifth consecutive week.
  • Canada’s Nick Taylor, coming off a wire-to-wire victory at Pebble Beach, is +10000.

Among the props being offered by DraftKings:

Winning Margin: 1 Stroke (+240), 2 Strokes (+350), 3 Strokes (+550), 4 Strokes or more (+240), After a Playoff (+400).

To be decided by a Playoff: Yes (+400), No (-670).

Bubba Watson
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FanDuel is offering a prop bet for the lowest tournament score minus McIlroy, Thomas, Rahm, Johnson and Woods:

  • Bubba Watson (+1200)
  • Brooks Koepka (+1400)
  • Patrick Cantlay (+1400)
  • Xander Schauffele (+1400)
  • Tony Finau (+1600)
  • Hideki Matsuyama (+2000)
  • Adam Scott (+2100)
  • Collin Morikawa (+2600)
  • Jason Day (+2600)
  • Jordan Spieth (+2600)
  • Marc Leishman (+2600)
  • Justin Rose (+2900)
  • Patrick Reed (+3100)

As usual, Woods is drawing the strongest interest, even among a loaded field. FanDuel is offering Woods at -750 to make the cut and +470 to miss the weekend.

He’s also +1000 to be the highest-finishing American, behind Thomas (+650) and Johnson (+900), but ahead of Koepka (+1300), Watson (+1400) and Cantlay (+1400).

The book is also offering odds on Woods finishing in the top 5 (+380), the top 10 (+195), the top 20 (-115), the top 30 (-190) and the top 40 (-310).

Meanwhile, DraftKings is offering a “Best finishing position prop” between Cantlay (-118) and Woods (+108), with a +1800 moneyline on a tie between the two.

Woods (+300) is also the co-favorite in a “Group Winner” bet with Xander Schauffele (+300), Tony Finau (+350), Koepka (+400) and Matsuyama (+400).

–Field Level Media (@FieldLevelMedia)

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