Yes, it was cool in L.A. this morning. Check out Rory McIlroy, who is second favorite (+900) at the Genesis Invitational. (AP Photo)
EVENT: The Genesis Invitational (Thurs-Sun)
WHY WE’LL WATCH: Tiger. Tiger. And a fantastic field beyond Tiger. This will feel and look like a major, with 19 of the world’s top 20 competing at Riviera, an iconic SoCal venue.
COURSE INFO: The “RIV” (not to be confused with LIV) is a 7,322-yard par-71 nestled among the Santa Monica Mountains ⛰️. The tree-lined fairways feature sharp doglegs. With little rain having fallen in Pacific Palisades, the contoured greens will play fast and firm.
FAVES: Jon Rahm leads the star-studded lineup (+750), followed by Rory McIlroy (+900) and Scottie Scheffler (+1000), who triumphed in the desert last week. Woods is +12500, equal to Tom Hoge and J.T. Poston.
BET TO CONSIDER: Viktor Hovland Top 10 (+260): He has flourished on this course, finishing T-4 last year and T-5 in 2021.
We’ve waited 215 days to watch Tiger Woods perform in a PGA Tour event. So what’s one more? He tees off with Justin Thomas and Rory McIlroy at noonish local ⌚ (3:04 p.m. ET) Thursday.
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PERFORMANCE. Winner/Top 5/10/20/30/40.
He’s 125/1 to win; those are longer odds than the Colts or Texans have of winning Super Bowl LVIII. Makes sense considering the last time we saw Tiger in a walking-only event, he limped to a 78-75 finish at the Old Course.
Top 20 (+550) might be worth a play. In his prime, Tiger accomplished this seven straight years. Or if you’re a FOMO guy, +15000 (150/1) to make an ace.
TO MAKE THE CUT (+140). Tiger has not walked 72 holes for four straight days since shattering his right leg in a car accident in 2021. But he needs just two solid rounds to accomplish this. He knows the course and has the shots.
ROUND 1 PLAYER PROPS. Tiger’s Over-Under score is 73.5. And he’s +7000 to lead the field.
3 BALL (RD 1). Tiger is +350 to take down McIlroy (+150) and Thomas (+150). JT is like Tiger’s baby brother. Let’s hope they’re mic’d up.
Brandon Miller is averaging a team-high 18.8 points for Bama. (AP Photo)
How we’d bet Alabama-Tennessee (7 p.m. ET), a clash of teams ranked 1st and 10th.
[$70] Tennessee -3.5: Going with recent history – and data from betting analyst Jared Smith. Since 2009, a top-ranked team getting 3+ points has failed to cover six straight times, though two were pushes. The last instance: Kentucky throttling top-ranked Tennessee 86-69 in 2019.
[$30] Under 147.5: This total has been rising ↗️, even though the trend screams under: Nine consecutive Bama-Tennessee matchups have gone under.
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