Genesis Open Betting Guide (2020)

Taking place annually each February at the Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Southern California, the Genesis Open, also known as the Genesis Invitational, is a professional golf tournament on the PGA Tour. Following the Phoenix Open and Pebble Beach Pro Am, the Genesis Open is often classed as the concluding event of the PGA’s West Coast Swing.

Originally called the Los Angeles Open, this event was first staged in 1926 and has also been known as the Northern Trust Open and Nissan Open. American singer songwriter Glen Campbell was the celebrity host of the Los Angeles Open from 1971 to 1983. Genesis Motors took over sponsorship in 2017 and the tournament has been held at Riviera on a near-continuous basis since 1973. Following this event’s completion, the tour relocates to the west coast and Florida, via Mexico and the Caribbean.

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2020 Golf Genesis Open Betting Tips

The Genesis Open is the next upcoming tournament on the PGA Tour and the host venue is the famous Riviera Country Club. Famous for attracting the biggest names in golf over the years, the star attraction this week will undoubtedly be Jon Rahm, currently ranked third in the world, but who will emerge victorious? The best you can get for the Spanish star is 10/1 at Betfair but still represents an advance on the 15/2 offered on Rory McIlroy across the board.

Tiger Woods will be in town but it is worth bearing in mind that the Riviera has never been one of his favourite hunting grounds so his 18/1 price with William Hill may have few takers. Those in front of Tiger in the market include Justin Thomas (9/1) and Dustin Johnson, the latter of whom won here in 2017 so his price of 14/1 across the board looks generous to say the least. Collectively, the bookies all seem to agree that Patrick Cantlay is a 20/1 chance and nothing more. Harsh? Possibly, but given recent form it could be considered fair too.

The emerging talent of Bryson DeChambeau is a best price of 55/1 with 888sport while there isn’t much difference in the opinions of the sportsbooks when it comes to the chances of the likes of Xander Schauffele, Bubba Watson and Brooks Koepka who are all around the 22/1 mark. Phil Mickelson’s 50/1 at Unibet can never be ignored. The same can be said for J.B. Holmes’ 70/1 at bet365 while Nick Taylor’s win at Pebble Beach a week ago hasn’t shortened the bookies’ opinion that he is anything less than a 100/1 shot so anyone following the form might detect a little value there as we head into this year’s closing stage of this year’s West Coast Swing.


(Image: Riviera Country Club | © Yuki Shimazu | Licence: CC BY-SA 2.0)


Popular Golf Genesis Open Bets

Following the completion of the recent AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am, the PGA Tour relocates 300 plus miles down the sunny Californian coast to The City Of Angles, Los Angeles, for the final instalment of this year's West Coast Swing which signs off with another cracking edition of the Genesis Open. So, while we look forward to another really strong renewal, now is as good a time as any to get to understand just some the betting options that golf can throw up.


First Round Leader Betting

The first round leader market can be great, and can even be played as an each way bet. Basically, if you think of Thursday’s round one as its own mini-tourney then essentially you are picking the winner of that day. It matters not where your player finishes on the Sunday, if he even makes it that far, all that matters to you is that they are top of the leaderboard by the end of day one. This is particularly useful if you know a player that starts strong but typically fades as the competition goes on.


Top 20 Finish Betting

There is nothing complicated about this bet as the only thing you are required to do is successfully predict a player, or numerous players, who will finish in the top 20 places. This is quite a useful bet for golf because this is a sport where many players play to a very high standard in professional tournaments but never actually threaten to win. These guys can become known as career cheque collectors and because they make the cut in almost all of the tournaments they play without challenging for honours, many bookmakers can underestimate these players in the book which makes for a better return on investment for you.


Golf Match Bets

Match bets are another way to make money betting on golf and are basically another way to bet on who will shoot the lowest score out of a two or three ball group, known as two balls and three balls. Golf match bets add a different element to betting on the sport and can provide thrilling finishes if your selection is caught up in a deadlocked head-to-head with an opponent, especially as they’re heading down to 18th hole.


Winning Nationality Betting

Nationality betting is another that works exactly as you might expect it to. The purpose of the bet here is to pick the nation where the tournament winner will come from. Understandingly, the USA will head the betting up in most golf events because they have the most players taking part. In fact, over the past 25 years of the Genesis Open, only on seven occasions has the winner been a non-American. In that time we have had one winner from Canada (who won it back to back), one from England and two winners each from South Africa and Australia. If you happen to back a non-American in a year when an American doesn’t win it and they hail from your chosen nationality, you’ll be in the money.



Golf Genesis Open Tournament Structure

The event involves four days, Thursday through Sunday, with rounds one to four taking place taking place one round per day. By the time we reach Sunday’s day four, we will only have the top players left after those struggling are eliminated after day two. Those that made the cut will continue to play until we find a winner, the player with the lowest score, on Sunday.


(Image: Logo golf ball from Riviera Country Club, Pacific Palisades, California | © Dan Perry | Licence: CC BY 2.0)


Golf Genesis Open History

The tournament started life in 1926 at the Los Angeles Country Club, then under the title of the Los Angeles Open. The event had a nomadic first half century, moving from venue to venue across the Los Angeles area before permanently settling at The Riviera Country Club in 1973 where every event bar two have been held thereafter. In 1983, the club hosted the PGA Championship meaning the event moved for a year to the Rancho Park Golf Course, and in 1998, when it played host to the US Senior Open at which point this event was held at the Valencia Country Club in Santa Clarita. The event has also been as The Glenn Campbell-Los Angeles Open, Northern Trust Open, The Nissan Open and the Nissan Los Angeles Open which was its name from 1995 onwards.

Both the event and its venue have earned a special place in golf history. This was the tournament that gave Jack Nicklaus his professional debut as well as providing Tiger Woods with his first PGA Tour tournament win, back in 1992 when he was still an amateur. It was also here, in 1938, that Babe Zaharias became the first woman to play in a men’s professional tournament. In fact, 25 champions of this event have also made their way into the World Golf Hall of Fame including Ben Hogan who won here in 1942, 1947 and 1948. Those victories, plus his 1948 US Open victory at Riviera, gave the club its nickname, Hogan’s Alley. Other prominent Genesis Open winners include Phil Mickelson, Fred Couples, Tom Watson, Arnold Palmer, Byron Nelson and Sam Snead.


Golf Genesis Open Past Winners (1995 onwards)

2020Adam ScottAustralia
2019J. B. HolmesUnited States
2018Bubba WatsonUnited States
2017Dustin JohnsonUnited States
2016Bubba WatsonUnited States
2015James HahnUnited States
2014Bubba WatsonUnited States
2013John MerrickUnited States
2012Bill HaasUnited States
2011Aaron BaddeleyUnited States
2010Steve StrickerUnited States
2009Phil MickelsonUnited States
2008Phil MickelsonUnited States
2007Charles Howell IIIUnited States
2006Rory SabbatiniSouth Africa
2005Adam ScottAustralia
2004Mike WeirCanada
2003Mike WeirCanada
2002Len MattiaceUnited States
2001Robert AllenbyAustralia
2000Kirk TriplettUnited States
1999Ernie ElsSouth Africa
1998Billy MayfairUnited States
1997Nick FaldoEngland
1996Craig StadlerUnited States
1995Corey PavinUnited States


Golf Genesis Open Key Stats

  • The Genesis Open is the fourth-oldest tournament on the PGA Tour
  • In 2018, Bubba Watson became the fifth person to win the tournament for a third time
  • At the same time, Watson also became the second to bank all three wins at Riviera
  • Lanny Wadkins set the tournament record of 264 in 1985
  • Wadkins' record is the oldest 72-hole record on the PGA Tour and has never been matched


Genesis Open FAQs

⚠ Will the world’s best players be taking part in LA?

You know it, this is a major attraction on the PGA Tour

💸 Don’t American players win this event normally?

Yes, that’ true. We haven’t had a non-American player win here since 2006 when the South African golfer Rory Sabbatini won.

🤔 What can we expect from the weather at this event?

Typically, February in Los Angeles remains as cool as January but with a little less rain and slightly more sunshine.

📈 So this is the last event of the West Coast Swing then?

Yes, after this the players move to the East Coast when, after Mexico and Puerto Rico, they play the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Florida with the US Masters at August, Georgia coming up on the horizon around May.

💡 How many each way places are paid at the Genesis Open?

That really depends on which bookmaker you are betting with. Different bookies offer different promotions so if you’re thinking about betting each way, it’s best to shop around.


ThePuntersPage Final Say & Predictions

The PGA Tour heads to Los Angeles for the final tournament of this year’s West Coast Swing, the historic Genesis Open. In existence since 1926, the event often attracts the best golfers in the world, with top players such as Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson all expected to be teeing off at the Riviera Country Club each looking to create history and excitement but who will come out on top.

Dustin Johnson looks a good shout here, especially given his previous LA form and wider price of 14/1. Last week’s Pebble Beach Pro Am didn’t go his way as he came in way behind in 33rd place but he is ranked fifth in the world for a reason and, providing he gets off to a good start will take some stopping at The Riviera CC this week. As ever though, you can never ever rule out the legendary talent of Phil Mickelson and only back against him at your peril.