The 'Genesis Invitational' of golf is a challenge between the big names in the discipline. Until Sunday (February 18-21) in California a historic appointment of the PGA Tour is staged, now in its 95th edition. Eight of the top ten players in the world will compete in Pacific Palisades.
With Dustin Johnson, number 1, here are also Jon Rahm, Justin Thomas, Xander Schauffele, Collin Morikawa, Rory McIlroy, Patrick Cantlay and Bryson DeChambeau. As far as the Top 10 is concerned, only Tyrrell Hatton and Webb Simpson will be missing.
Genesis Invitational, big names
But in the western district of Los Angeles there is also expectation for Francesco Molinari, called to redeem the 59 / o place arrived in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am after two good results in The American Express (eighth) and at the Farmers Insurance Open ( tenth).
The italian, who declared his ambition to participate in the Ryder Cup 2021 in September in Wisconsin (USA), also aims to be included in the ranking of the best 100 players in the world (he is now 107°. The Australian Adam Scott defends the title on a course, that of the Riviera Country Club, which in 2028 will be the golf course of the Olympic Games in Los Angeles.
The event will offer a total prize money of $ 9,300,000. In California Daniel Berger pitches a putt show for the agle at the 72° hole from over 9 meters (the last of the review) and takes the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
Fourth career title on the PGA Tour (figure including two WGCs) in golf for the American player, who now sees the Top 10 in the world ranking. Nothing to do for Jordan Spieth, 3°. Tournament undertone for Francesco Molinari, only 59°.
At Pebble Beach, with a partial of 65 (-7), the best of the day, out of a total of 270 (67 66 72 65, -18), Berger with a final feat (and after closing the third lap in the second place) overtook the competition of compatriot Maverick McNealy, second with 272 (-16).
Completing the podium, all stars and stripes, are Spieth and Cantlay, both 3° with 273 (-15). After finishing fourth in the Phoenix Open, Spieth gets the second consecutive Top 5. It hadn't happened since 2018 (when he took a double third place at both the Houston Open and The Masters).
"I wanted to win the golf tournament. I didn't want to lose it on the last. I just wanted to go out there and try to hit the best shot that I could and I wasn't going to be conservative on the 3-wood coming in. I think today really solidified my position as one of the best golfers out here and I just need to continue to do the things I've been doing. And I feel like there's no limit to what I can accomplish"