All eyes will be on Tiger Woods this week as he gears up to make his first start of the 2024 season. The odds aren’t on his side, however, which we break down in our full Genesis Invitational betting preview below.
Feb 12, 2024 2:50 PM ET
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With the Phoenix Open in the rearview, the PGA Tour now gears up for one of the more demanding tests of the year at Riviera Country Club.
And while it’s again Scottie Scheffler at the top of the golf odds board, all eyes will be on Tiger Woods as he makes his first start since the Hero World Challenge in December.
With competitive rust to shake off and a tough test ahead, oddsmakers are skeptical about his chances this week. Read more in our Genesis Invitational betting preview below, with free golf picks to be added later in the week.
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Tiger Woods odds to win the Genesis Invitational
As much attention as Tiger Woods may garner this week, the odds aren’t giving him the same love. He’s as short as 100/1 but as long as 175/1 outright with finishing position markets that are far from bullish on his chances of a good week.
bet365 has him at +1,000 for a Top-10 finish and +130 for a Top 30, something he hasn’t done in 4+ years if you exclude him finishing 18th out of 20 guys at the Hero World in December.
And while we love to root for Tiger, those long odds don’t come without merit. We’re more than two months removed from that December start and we know Riviera to be one of the tougher challenges on the Tour schedule. He finished T45 here a season ago.
Genesis Invitational field and favorites
Beyond Tiger, this is a top-shelf field, with World No. 1 Scottie Scheffler, Rory McIlroy, and Viktor Hovland playing the headliners.
It’s becoming mundane to describe Scheffler’s status as a weekly favorite, but until his ball-striking dips below his insane standard or someone else catches fire, his No. 1 position remains untouched.
You can find him in the 7/1 range this week after a T3 finish at TPC Scottsdale in which he led the field in strokes gained tee-to-green and strokes gained approach by a country mile (43rd in putting for what it’s worth).
Rory McIlroy is running second in the +850 to +900 range and he’ll be eager to get back on track after a T66 finish at Pebble Beach. He did have a share of the lead on Thursday but quickly became unraveled as the week went on. Such could be said for Viktor Hovland, who’s on the board at 12/1 after finishing T58 at Pebble two weeks ago.
Xander Schauffle is the clear No. 4 option (also T54 at Pebble Beach), followed by a collection of guys in the 15/1 to 20/1 range: Collin Morikawa, Patrick Cantlay, 2021 champion Max Homa, Justin Thomas, and Ludvig Aberg.
Genesis Invitational picks and predictions
Check back on Tuesday for our full Genesis Invitational betting card!
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Genesis Invitational recent winners and odds history
Let’s take a look at some recent Genesis Invitational winners and their closing odds to win:
Scottie Scheffler is a +700 betting favorite to win the 2024 Genesis Invitational.
Tiger Woods is indeed returning to play the 2024 Genesis Invitational. He’s on the board between +10,000 and +17,500 to win the event for the first time this week.
The Genesis Invitational is played at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, California. The 7,322-yard Par 71 with Poa annua greens and Kikuyu fairways was designed by George C. Thomas Jr. and William P. Bell. The course, which opened in 1926, has hosted three PGA major championships and has been the full-time home to the Genesis Invitational since 1999.
The 2024 Genesis Invitational purse is $20 million, with $3.6 million going to the winner.