In this column last week, Scottie Scheffler was dubbed the best player on the PGA Tour without a victory. Scheffler no longer has that moniker after he defeated Patrick Cantlay in a playoff to win the Phoenix Open and provided us with a back-to-back outright winner at a price of 28-1. The now No. 9-ranked player in the world drained a 26-footer on the third playoff hole to prevail. Both Scheffler (28-1) and Cantlay (12-1) will be part of this week's star-studded field at the Genesis Invitational in Los Angeles, where the entire OWGR Top 10 will be playing.
World No. 1 Jon Rahm (9-1) has two top-10 finishes in three appearances here and finished 10th in Phoenix last week, leading the field for Strokes Gained: Off The Tee but losing 2.32 strokes putting. Justin Thomas (16-1) finished eighth last week and was second in the field for Strokes Gained: Approach, but he also had problems with the putter (-2.8 strokes). Dustin Johnson (16-1), who won this event in 2017 and has twice finished runner-up, has gone just over a calendar year now without a worldwide victory.
Los Angeles native Collin Morikawa (20-1) has only played this event one time in his young career (26th last year), but reached the Round of 16 at Riviera Country Club in the 2017 U.S. Amateur. Australian Cameron Smith (22-1), who won the Tournament of Champions to start the year, has finishes of fourth and sixth in six career appearances here. Australian players have had success winning at Riviera, including Adam Scott (2005, 2020), Aaron Baddeley (2011) and Robert Allenby (2001).
Rory McIlroy (24-1) has two top-five finishes in this event and will be playing for the first time since giving away a victory at the Dubai Desert Classic three weeks ago to Viktor Hovland (27-1).